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  •  While I agree with your assessment of OSHA (0+ / 0-)

    capability or other agencies' ability to inspect all facilities (not just in Texas, but everywhere), I find that your statement: " it's pretty clear that the company understated the risks it posed" is not YET proven to be true. The risks in that report are stated to be what is the risk when the plant is operating normally. A report that is 7 years old could not "understate" the risk of an unforeseen accident, which is probably what this is. Acts of God, Force Majeur and all that.

    The plant was closed at the time of the fire (its causes still in dispute) and was not in operational or production mode. Most, if not all workers were gone for the day. The fire (again, its causes may yet be proven to be human error) caused the explosion.

    At the time, an explosion was unforeseen as part of the risks assessed during normal production. For other commenters to post there was a "crime" is to lay blame a bit too early.

    Again, I have no doubt that OSHA and similar protective/regulative agencies are far too under-funded to be effective though, in anticipating worse-case scenarios, and yes, complacency breeds contempt. This plant had a bad smell once and no other reports of problems since with this plant have yet to be found.

    Beyond that hair-splitting, you have a great article.

    When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.-Mark Twain

    by Havoth on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:08:23 AM PDT

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