"Watchdogs Warned of Chemical-Plant Oversight Before Blast"

"In the months before last week's deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, U.S. government watchdogs criticized federal oversight of facilities that make or store dangerous chemicals."

"Agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to the Chemical Safety Board were faulted for taking too long to act or failing to persuade regulators to impose stricter safety rules.

The deficiencies are gaining fresh scrutiny after the April 17 explosion at the Adair Grain Inc. fertilizer facility in West, Texas, killed 14 people. State and federal investigators are seeking the cause of the blast, in which 10 firefighters and emergency personnel were among the fatalities."

Mark Drajem reports for Bloomberg April 24, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"How Will Texas Explosion Impact Chemical Security Laws?" (National Journal)

"How Deep Did Safety Checks at West Fertilizer Go?" (Dallas Morning News)

"Texas Fertilizer Plant Owner Sued After Deadly Explosion" (Reuters)

"Will the "Koch Brothers Bill" Make Industrial Accidents More Likely?" (Mother Jones)

"Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight" (Bloomberg)

"Was Lax Oversight To Blame for the Texas Fertilizer Explosion?" (Wonkblog/Washington Post)

"Texas Refinery Explosion Came After Limited Federal Safety Oversight of Plant" (Daily Kos)
 

Source: Bloomberg, 04/24/2013