Knowing Your Neighbor When Deadly Chemicals Are Next Door

When chemical fertilizer stored at a farm supply depot in the town of West exploded last month, it raised all sorts of questions about safety. Homes and a school that were within a quarter mile of the facility were heavily damaged. But it doesn't take a catastrophic explosion to put a community at risk — especially when chemicals are in the form of a gas.

You know, there have been some fire situations where the firemen have gone in and they’ve realized they didn’t know a certain chemical was in that facility.”

—Cheryl Vital, with the Galena Park School District and is on the LEPC.

Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.


Dave Fehling

Dave Fehling

Director of News and Public Affairs

As Director of News and Public Affairs, Dave Fehling manages the radio news operation at Houston's NPR station. Previously, he was a reporter at the station, covering the oil & gas industry and its impact on the environment. He won top state honors for in-depth and investigative reporting as well...

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