Perry: More Oversight Wouldn’t Have Prevented Deadly West Explosion

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AUSTIN (April 22, 2013)--The deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West wouldn't have been prevented had the state earmarked more money for industry inspections, Gov. Rick Perry said Monday.

Perry told The Associated Press on Monday that he remains comfortable with the level of state oversight after last week's blast at West Fertilizer Co.

He said Texas residents have sent the same message through their elected officials.

Investigators say they have yet to determine what caused the explosion that killed 14 people and injured 200 others.

Most of the dead were firefighters and emergency medics.

The explosion also damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and buildings including a two-story apartment complex, a nursing home, and three of West’s four schools.

State environmental regulators last inspected the plant in 2006.

Perry has long heralded the state's low regulatory climate as an incentive for companies to relocate to Texas and bring jobs.

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