The site of the deadly West explosion. (Photo by Kyle Muscarello)
AUSTIN (June 15, 2013)—Texas may need new laws and regulations covering the safe handling of hazardous materials after the deadly April 17 explosion in West highlighted the dangers, state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, says.
Pickett’s committee will hold a hearing on the issue Monday, the second since the explosion that killed 15 and injured about 200 more.
Pickett says he believes Texas needs to review the existing rules and may need to make state regulations more stringent than federal law.
Officials from the Department of Public Safety and the State Fire Marshal's Office will testify at the hearing.