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  •  I am a(n ex) Texan, (5+ / 0-)

    and the people of West's reaction makes perfect sense. The owner of that fertiliser depot took it over to help farmers have access to what they needed and to save jobs in that small town.
    Why I recommended this diary, and wish that I could 100 times, is that it is up to the government to make regulations to ensure the safety of its citizens and then to enforce the rules, without taking into consideration someone's good intentions. Safety is safety.

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

    by northsylvania on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:18:08 PM PDT

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    •  There were, what, eight jobs? And surely it's (1+ / 0-)
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      possible to let farmers have access to the fertilizer they need without risking something like this.  I do not believe in the good intentions of the owner of the fertilizer depot.  I do believe he may have claimed he had good intentions. And I do believe a lot of people in West believed him.  Then again, maybe they just didn't think that there was anything they could do about it and just lived with the risk.

      •  He didn't risk it. (2+ / 0-)
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        The town grew up around the business. The town was risking it. The best analysis I've seen on it is here.
        Blaming an evil individual, or even an evil corporation risks falling into the one-rotten-apple mistake. The owner was not a rotten apple, though there were fines levied against the business, it was not shut down. Lax regulation, lax enforcement, and lax laws in rural America made a tragedy like West a matter of time.  

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

        by northsylvania on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 02:25:32 AM PDT

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        •  That is a very good report. (1+ / 0-)
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          My ex is an environmental engineer and a lot of what he understood a government agency needed to do was differentiate between the dangerous corps (chemicals, fossil fuel) and the small businesses. This was Alaska. The energy corps were only interested in what they could evade, get laws passed for protection and ignore any science or reason that would interfere with profits.

          Small business owners often did not have enough understanding of dangers, regs, safety requirements, etc. Even though this plant was a fairly large operation, the comments about the owner and manager as well as the ones from them, make me think they just did not have the technical help to understand what and why  regulations existed. I will not be surprised to find out there was a certain amount of shelving a problem that seemed too difficult or whatever. Classic human avoidance - which is why regs for zoning, public safety, etc. are necessary.

          Lack of government inspections from under funding, misdirection, and sabotage (the GOP tactic to NOT do the job so BIG BAD Government gets blamed) helped keep the owner and manager from dealing with the problem a long time ago.  I can totally believe that corporate owners who don't live and work with people in a town this small are sociopaths that wouldn't bat an eyelash about the compliance failures and tragedies. Much, much less believable for people whose families are locals, have been there all their lives and got into the business to help the community.

          Here's another cartoon that Rick can get Really Disturbed About.  The NIMBY version...

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 02:05:15 AM PDT

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    •  Well, but (1+ / 0-)
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      If you're going to run an explosives plant, then you ought to know how to safely store and handle them, and tell the FD what it needs to know to manage an incident.  If you don't, then you have no business running the place.  You're incompetent.  If you don't even realize you're manufacturing explosives, then you're hopeless.  

      I'm still mad about Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:38:27 AM PDT

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