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  •  More coming out about the company (7+ / 0-)

    Apparently it's not part of a larger corporate entity. More a local mom'n'pop industry.

    McLennan County AgriLife Extension Agent Shane McLellan said the anhydrous ammonia was trucked in, stored in tanks and dispensed directly to farmers under tight regulations. It was not mixed with other ingredients, he said......
    He said West Fertilizer ran a well-managed operation, and he was surprised to see an accident there.

    They’re business people in West who’ve been there all their lives, born and raised there, and involved in a lot of community things,” he said.

    http://www.wacotrib.com/...
    West Fertilizer Co. opened in 1962. It had operated under grandfather clauses pertaining to environmental controls "up to a point," said Zak Covar, the TCEQ's executive director.

    The facility was required to obtain operating permits in 2004, but did not, Covar said.

    He said a 2006 review, prompted by a citizen's report of ammonia odor coming from the faciilty, led to the it receiving two air permits after properly registering with the state. He pointed out that the facility is also monitored by federal agencies. Since the 2006 review, “they don’t have any negative marks against their compliance,” Covar said.

    http://www.wacotrib.com/...

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:17:00 PM PDT

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      The second blockquote came from Dallas Morning News, not Waco Trib
      http://www.dallasnews.com/...

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:20:50 PM PDT

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    •  prompted by a citizen's report (1+ / 0-)
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      is key here.  TCEQ  admits on their press release that their only involvement has been when folks complained.

       And that they have not done an inspection in six years.

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:30:07 PM PDT

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      •  I lived in west Texas (1+ / 0-)
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        where the EPA complains about particulates, and apparently still hasn't figured out that the time of year when people are plowing is also the time of year when the wind blows a lot. Brown air - from dust, not smog.

        (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

        by PJEvans on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 04:17:23 PM PDT

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        •  West is the town's name.... (1+ / 0-)
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          but it is more Central.

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:55:11 PM PDT

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        •  You were in west Texas (0+ / 0-)

          This happened in West, Texas - which is actually quite a bit east of west Texas - near Waco.

          "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

          by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:12:05 PM PDT

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