Year after Texas plant blast, no new safety laws


DALLAS (AP) — In the year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, not a single state or federal law has been passed geared toward improving safety conditions at such facilities.

Texas fertilizer producers can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings that don't have sprinkler systems, just as they could before the blast at the plant in West, about 70 miles south of Dallas.

Volunteer firefighters like those who rushed into the plant before the blast still don't have to train how to fight such fires, either.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will present the findings of its investigation into the deadly blast and its recommendations at a meeting later Tuesday in West.

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