Texas Fertilizer Explosion http://kunc.org en After Deadly Chemical Plant Disasters, There's Little Action http://kunc.org/post/after-deadly-chemical-plant-disasters-theres-little-action You might think that everything would have changed for the chemicals industry on April 16, 1947. That was the day of the Texas City Disaster, the worst industrial accident in U.S. history. A ship loaded with ammonium nitrate — the same chemical that appears to have caused the disaster last month in West, Texas — exploded. The ship sparked a chain reaction of blasts at chemical facilities onshore, creating what a newsreel at the time called "a holocaust that baffles description."<strong> </strong><p>Or you might think everything would have changed on Dec. 3, 1984. Fri, 17 May 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 44467 at http://kunc.org After Deadly Chemical Plant Disasters, There's Little Action Officials Aren't Linking Man's Arrest To Texas Explosion http://kunc.org/post/officials-arent-linking-mans-arrest-texas-explosion Saturday's reports about the arrest of a former emergency services volunteer in the town of West, Texas, indicate the story has not moved much from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/10/182870975/criminal-probe-launched-in-texas-fertilizer-plant-blast" target="_blank">where we left things on Friday</a>:<p>-- "Federal authorities said they wouldn't speculate on whether the case has any ties to the deadly blast at the West fertilizer plant, but officials with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office stressed in a news release that 'no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any con Sat, 11 May 2013 11:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 44162 at http://kunc.org Officials Aren't Linking Man's Arrest To Texas Explosion Criminal Probe Launched In Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast http://kunc.org/post/criminal-probe-launched-texas-fertilizer-plant-blast Authorities in Texas <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr051013.htm">announced Friday</a> that they're launching a criminal investigation into the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/23/178678505/death-toll-in-west-texas-fertilizer-explosion-rises-to-15" target="_blank">April 17 fertilizer plant explosion</a> that killed 15 people and devastated the small community of West.<p>Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw directed the Texas Rangers to join McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in the investigation.<p>Mea Fri, 10 May 2013 16:27:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 44119 at http://kunc.org Criminal Probe Launched In Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Democrats Invoke Boston, West To Defend Government's Role http://kunc.org/post/democrats-invoke-boston-west-defend-governments-role President Obama has spoken at two memorial services in just over a week — one for victims of the Boston Marathon attack and one for those who died in the chemical plant explosions in West, Texas. In both speeches, he focused on victims and survivors.<p>But other Democrats are using these events to talk about another subject: the role of government.<p>The day after the Boston explosions, while thousands of investigators were searching for evidence, retired Rep. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:23:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 43474 at http://kunc.org Democrats Invoke Boston, West To Defend Government's Role Mourners Pack Arena To Honor Victims Of Texas Explosion http://kunc.org/post/mourners-pack-arena-honor-victims-texas-explosion Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Nearly 10,000 mourners gathered yesterday to honor the men who died fighting a fire in a fertilizer plant in Texas. They packed the basketball arena on the campus of Baylor University in Waco. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 43436 at http://kunc.org