Texas governor approves more money for West fertilizer blast relief

16 April 2014 22:07 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Wednesday that he has granted a request by West for an additional $4.8m in assistance, a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of the fatal fertilizer explosion in the town.

In a letter to the city mayor, Tommy Muska, the governor said the disaster grant assistance will be $4.85m and will be earmarked for recovery work on the water plants and tank facilities, wastewater operations and disaster zone infrastructure.

On 17 April 2013, a fire at West Fertilizer ignited stockpiles of ammonium nitrate, which resulted in an explosion that killed 15 and injured another 200.

The blast also caused extensive damage, estimated at over $100m, to buildings, homes and businesses in the town of 2,800 residents.

The city will be required to provide quarterly updates on the expenditures of these funds, as well as the $3.2m provided in August 2013, until the funds are exhausted.

By Mark Milam