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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.