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  •  He already IS out of business (8+ / 0-)

    This was apparently a tiny business, with seven or eight employees and only the one plant. The plant is now destroyed; we don't know whether any of the employees died in the blast; and any assets they still have (plus all available insurance proceeds) will be consumed in paying for the damage they caused, plus OSHA fines and whatever else the regulatory agencies throw at them. That's even without criminal charges for reckless endangerment or whatever the Feds can come up with.

    So it's a different situation from the huge coal companies or conglomerates who can lose one plant or mine, and keep operating at their gazillion other plants around the globe.

    CNN reports that the owner was not available to be interviewed because he "wasn't feeling well." I bet he's not. I also hope he has bodyguards, because the townspeople are likely to show up with tar, feathers, and pitchforks.

    •  I want to make sure this company can't rebuild (0+ / 0-)

      I figure he has the resources to theoretically set up shop again--but he shouldn't get that chance.

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      by Christian Dem in NC on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:36:56 AM PDT

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      •  The company is one middle aged or older man (3+ / 0-)
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        who lives in the community, along with several other family members.  As tight-knit as West is, he may very well have lost cousins and/or friends.  Certainly, some of his customers were likely to have been volunteer firemen.  That's what farmers do.

        There's a good chance he has no resources left at all.  I haven't heard if he was at the plant when it exploded.  

        The truth always matters.

        by texasmom on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:45:26 AM PDT

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