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  •  One answer to all these reasonable questions... (12+ / 0-)

    "because it's Texas"

    Ground zero for the worst mixture of Republican/Libertarian ideals.  

    As mentioned upthread, there was a $30 fine for putting the lives of hundreds of people at risk.  It would have cost thousands of dollars to upgrade the plant.  A "reasonable" person would think that it would be worth the money to make the community safer.  Apparently the owner of the plant thought otherwise.  And the elected officials in West must also have thought otherwise, since they allowed two schools and an apartment complex to be built in very close proximity to the plant.

    Whether it's a mine in Virginia or a plant in Texas, who pays for the greed of the owners?  Employees, innocent bystanders, and first responders.

    I'd like to see the plant owner held criminally responsible for the deaths of the first responders, since they would likely be alive if they'd known what was being stored at the plant.  But it won't happen, because... freedom.

    •  All it would have taken (1+ / 0-)
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      was an earth berm surrounding dangerous storage facilities that would have directed the blast upwards. The facility must have had a certain amount of safety measures in place or more of the surrounding area would have been levelled. They just needed to be better if that amount of ammonium nitrate was being stored there.

      You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

      by northsylvania on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:51:22 AM PDT

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