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View Diary: Toxic Texas politics on display in fertilizer plant explosion (126 comments)

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  •  Was the plant licensed to store Ammonium Nitrate? (9+ / 0-)

    I recall reading here and on Slate that the plant specifically mentioned in saftey documentation filed with the state that they had no fire/explosion risks, or so small a risk as to be negligible.  Perhaps if all they stored was anyhydrous ammonia that would be true, but certainly not ammonium nitrate.

    It could be the volunteer firemen who worked at the plant did not realize the dangers.  They might have thought it was an ordinary fire (although anhydrous ammonia is dangerous in a fire from what I gather).

    •  Yes, this is what I'm trying to understand (5+ / 0-)

      if that is the case, very little financial resources were required to prevent the catastrophe.

      And if the owners were so cheap as not to spend the 10s of dollars (quite literally, I'd think) to notify the proper authorities of the hazards involved, not only do they deserve to burn in hell for eternity but they also totally deserve to have the full force of civil and criminal prosecutions thrown their way . .. .

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