The April 17 explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant is spurring calls for increased federal oversight of chemical facilities, according to this article. The plant had its last inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1985, although Texas regulators conducted a series of inspections between 2002 and 2007 and handed it a violation notice in 2006 for lacking a required air permit. Industry lobbyists say plants are already under comprehensive regulations, and accidents such as this one are “extraordinarily out of the ordinary.”

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