AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry this week formally appealed President Barack Obama’s decision to deny a major disaster declaration that would have provided additional federal assistance to the people of West as the community continues to recover from April’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

“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.”

The governor’s appeal letter reiterates the state’s previous requests for Public Assistance (Categories A-G) and additional Individual Assistance, including crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal assistance, disaster case management and hazard mitigation support. The state was notified by FEMA in May that these previous requests had been denied despite meeting the thresholds to qualify for federal disaster assistance.