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April 24, 2013

In Aftermath of West Explosion, Environmental Advocates Call on Legislature for Stronger Safety Standards, Oversight and Adequate Funding

(TEXAS) – Leaders of Texas’ environmental organizations called on state legislators to protect against the next environmental disasters by passing tougher legislation requiring more inspections, frequent enforcement, increased disclosure of toxic threats, better use of the compliance history program and ensuring citizens have the right to contested case hearings. Groups urge the Texas Legislature to act now, not wait until the next legislative session in 2015.

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April 18, 2013:

Plant Photos

These are photos from the West Fertilizer Plant included in a Texas Commission for Environmental Quality filing based on complaint #76859 dated 6/20/06.

West Photos from TECQ Documents

West photo #1

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BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration – How it Happens Training Video

Fire can trigger an explosion in ammonia storage tanks and Texas may well have several thousand ammonia storage of varying sizes. It’s commonly used in the chemical plants and others as a refrigerant.

This is just a small ammonia tank.

Click on the image below to view the video on YouTube:

Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion

Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion


Interactive: West fertilizer plant before and after

April 18, 2013

Dallas Morning News

West Plant Before Blast Picture

West Plant Before Blast Picture

West Plant After Blast Picture

West Plant After Blast Picture

To view larger pictures go to The Dallas Morning News site to view interactive before and after photos