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  •  It was a little bitty pissant country plant (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, DSPS owl, texasmom

    It wasn't a real factory.  It was more of a distribution site, which bought fertilizer in bulk and sold it to nearby farmers.  You can see the site quite nicely on Bing Maps (its Birds Eye view is better than Google's there).  Basically it's a few shed-like buildings, some small tanks, and a couple of really big tanks.

    And it lacked adequate setbacks or buffer space.  It started out in 1957 as a grain elevator site, added fertilizer, and got out of grain storage. A major manufacturing site would probably have had some setback.

    •  And almost all small town grain elevators (1+ / 0-)
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      Penny GC

      adjoin the railroad.  We see them all the way through Texas as we drive the state highways.  They've been there 50 - 60 years and would never have been built otherwise.  

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:29:54 PM PDT

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