West explosion declared preventable by US Chemical Safety Board

Just days after the anniversary, U.S. Chemical Safety Board chairman said the explosion of a fertizer plant in West, Texas, that resulted in 15 deaths last year was preventable.

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he chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said last year's deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, was preventable.

The Board released the findings of its investigation just a few days after the anniversary of the blast.

"It should never have occurred," Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman, said. "It resulted from the failure of a company to take the necessary steps to avert a preventable fire and explosion and from the inability of federal, state and local regulatory agencies to identify the serious hazard and correct it."

The Board's report criticized a lack of state fire codes and McLennan County's lack of an emergency response plan.