Lawmakers Seek Lessons From West Explosion

A panel of House lawmakers on Monday agreed to join Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott in calling on President Obama to reconsider the denial of federal emergency aid to West, the small community still reeling from a fertilizer plant explosion in April that killed 15 people and destroyed several buildings. 

The decision came during a hearing of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee that chairman Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, called a “working session” to discuss lessons from the blast. The lawmakers questioned state agency officials Monday about identifying and regulating other Texas chemical facilities, following ...

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