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File photo of some of the devastation from the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited For Safety Lapses

The Texas company that operated a fertilizer plant where a thunderous explosion in April killed 15 people is facing $118,300 in federal fines for two dozen serious safety violations, including a failure to have an emergency response plan, officials said Thursday.

10/10/2013

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel view the railroad tracks near to the fertilizer plant that exploded. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

More Tests Planned To Solve West Explosion – But Not Until 2014

State officials say some testing that could identify what caused the deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant is not scheduled until 2014.

08/26/2013

File photo of smoke rising from the rubble of a house next to the West Fertilizer Co. plant that exploded. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw was among the officials who told lawmakers that 129 facilities store at least five tons of ammonium nitrate and other potentially explosive materials. Sixteen of those were fertilizer-mixing facilities similar to the West Fertilizer Co., which blew up following a fire that ignited ammonium nitrate. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Lawmakers: Put Dangerous Chemical Site Info Online

There are 16 fertilizer production sites in Texas like the one that exploded in West, but authorities aren’t clear how many of those might be built near schools or other residential centers, a top state official said Monday.

06/17/2013

A Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walks among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Investigators Eyeing Battery-Powered Golf Cart As Cause Of Deadly Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Investigators working in the remnants of an exploded Texas fertilizer plant sifted by hand through untold kernels of corn, moved tons of debris and conducted more than 400 interviews, while searching for the missing piece to solve what many officials compared to an extraordinary puzzle.

05/17/2013

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Nelson Gives More Than $120K For Explosion Relief

County star Willie Nelson has donated more than $120,000 for relief efforts following a deadly fertilizer plant explosion near his Central Texas hometown.

05/14/2013

Smoke rises from the rubble of a house next to the fertilizer plant that exploded April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Investigators Aim To End Plant Blast Probe May 10

Texas’ assistant state fire marshal says investigators hope to complete their onsite probe into a deadly plant explosion by May 10.

05/01/2013

Smoke rises from the rubble of a housenext to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Group: Texas Plant Blast Loss Likely Exceeds $100M

An insurance industry trade group estimates losses from a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in a tiny Texas town will likely exceed $100 million.

04/24/2013

File photo of some of the damage left by the fertilizer plant  explosion in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Small Fires Stop West Residents From Returning Home

Gas tanks damaged by a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant are leaking and have triggered small fires that are keeping displaced residents from returning to see what’s left of their homes, officials said Saturday.

04/20/2013

File photo of some of the damage left by the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Safety Rules Limited For Small Fertilizer Plants

Small fertilizer plants nationwide fall under the purview of several government agencies, each with a specific concern and none required to coordinate with others on what they have found.

04/20/2013

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