FEMA approves aid for Texas fertilizer plant blast

By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reversed its earlier decision and approved additional funding to help rebuild a Texas town devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

In a statement Friday, Perry said "the approval of the state's appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West."

The West Fertilizer plant exploded in April, leveling homes, damaging schools and a nursing home and killing 15 people.

FEMA provided initial funding relief, but denied Texas' application for a major disaster declaration in June.

It said then that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration."

Perry promised to ask again, and his statement thanks Texas' congressional delegation for helping "move this appeal forward."

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