Waco Texas fertilizer plant explosion Legal cases Expected Action News 15

May 3rd, 2013

Why a fertilizer plant explosion lawsuit may be necessary

West Texas fertilizer plant explosion lawyers are providing free consultations for people affected by this traumatic event. Personal injury attorneys in Texas are reviewing potential Texas fertilizer plant explosion lawsuits.

The West Fertilizer Co. had a spotty regulatory history. The company paid nearly $8,000 to at least two regulatory agencies for safety and transportation violations, according to the Los Angeles Times:

A federal inspector found three violations at the fertilizer plant that included transporting anhydrous ammonia without a security plan and carrying it in tanks that were improperly labeled. This resulted in fine handed down by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in 2011.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined the fertilizer company $2,300 in 2006 for not having a risk management program in place, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Authorities have identified four more sets of remains of first responders who battled last week’s fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Wednesday’s blast and injured more than 200, according to officials cited by .

Meanwhile, survivors from the small town north of Waco gathered Sunday to remember those who were lost, and to offer thanks that they were still alive. And, as over the weekend, some residents in parts of West that bore the brunt of the blast at the West Fertilizer Co. were allowed to return home.

on Morning Edition that some people lost everything; others, such as town dentist Larry Sparks, consider themselves lucky:

“It’s just a matter of sweeping up the glass, and one of our front doors was demolished – it blew it completely in,” Sparks tells NPR. “But it’s very minimal damage compared to what some of these other folks have suffered.”

According to Reuters, the plant was storing 270 tons of highly volatile ammonium nitrate fertilizer that should have been reported to the Department of Homeland Security but was not. The Texas Department of State Health Services was aware of the dangerous chemical but failed to alert DHS, the news agency reports.

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