The explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas killed at least 14 and left some 200 people injured. But those casualties are not just of plant employees and first responders, they are also of ordinary civilians. We might not all live near fertilizer plants, but explosive chemicals can be found in storage sites and cargo carriers throughout the country. If there are industrial dangers lurking in our own neighborhoods, how are we kept safe from them?
Elizabeth Shogren, who covers environmental stories on the national desk at NPR, and Jim Morris, project manager at the Center for Public Integrity, discuss a joint project from NPR and CPI, which found that the Environmental Protection Agency maintains a watch list of the worst polluters in the country.