More than a month after the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, a turf battle between two federal agencies threatens to impede the safety investigation aimed at preventing such disasters in the future.
Officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, called the CSB, say the ongoing criminal investigation at the West site has restricted their own investigators’ movements, blocked their interviews with witnesses and bulldozed, altered or removed evidence they need to determine all the factors that led up to the April 17 catastrophe, which killed 14 people and destroyed hundreds of structures.
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