AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - House Speaker Joe Straus wants lawmakers to investigate the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and consider possible changes to state inspection and enforcement laws.
Straus on Friday included the West Fertilizer Co. blast among a lengthy list of issues for House members to study before the Legislature reconvenes in 2015. The directive calls for examining possible "deficiencies" in safety and disaster planning by chemical facilities.
The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety has already held two meetings since the April 17 explosion that also injured 200 people. Investigators have not yet determined a single cause or ruled out criminal charges.
State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy testified in one hearing that several large fertilizer chemical plants in Texas have turned away inspectors since the West blast.
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