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Gov. Perry appeals President Obama's denial of disaster declaration for West

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Gov. Perry formally appealed President Obama's decision to deny a major disaster declaration that would have provided additional federal assistance to the town of West as the community continues to recover from the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

"The scope of damage caused by April's explosion has devastated this small community, and further inaction by the Obama Administration to deny additional federal aid is simply unacceptable," Gov. Perry said. "On behalf of the people of West and McLennan County, I am appealing the president's decision in order to get this community assistance they qualify for, deserve and need to get back on their feet and on the road to recovery."

Perry's appeal letter reiterates the state's previous request for public assistance, and individual assistance including crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal assistance, disaster case management and hazard mitigation support.

FEMA denied these requests in May despite meeting the thresholds to qualify for federal disaster assistance.

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