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  •  Coat Hanger Perry, if this comes true, (12+ / 0-)

    it will be a new height in Hypocrisy. But won't surprize me in the least.

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    No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle.

    by CitizenOfEarth on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:21:52 AM PDT

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    •  This MIGHT top the height award: (17+ / 0-)

      From above:

      #SB5 requires every abortion provider to be licensed as an ambulatory surgery center. This requirement will cost providers about $1 million and (they) will have to comply with 117 pages of regulation.
      But fertilizer plants filled with hundreds of thousands of pounds of highly dangerous ammonia fertilizer capable of wiping out towns and nearby schools and nursing homes?
      Texas, whose lax regulatory climate has come in for scrutiny in the aftermath of the West explosion, went into a special session of its state legislature on Monday to push through an omnibus abortion bill designed to regulate 37 abortion clinics out of existence. But the 2013 session will come to a close without any significant action to impose safeguards on the 74 facilities in the state that contain at least 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.

      Lawmakers in Austin have a handy excuse for punting on new fertilizer regulations: That would be intrusive.

      State Sen. Donna Campbell, the Republican who helped to shut down Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster of the abortion bill on procedural grounds, told the New York Times that lawmakers should be wary of monitoring chemical plants more closely because there's "a point at which you can overregulate."

      The Associated Press is reporting that the fertilizer plant in West, Texas that exploded on Wednesday night hasn’t been inspected by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) since 1985, nearly three decades ago. It was issued a fine on its last inspection for a violation related to storing ammonia:

      Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that OSHA issued the West Chemical & Fertilizer Co., as the plant was called at the time, a $30 fine for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia.

      OSHA cited the plant for four other serious violations of respiratory protection standards but did not issue fines. The maximum fine for a serious violation was $1,000.
      The plant was also cited for failing to get a permit in 2006 after a complaint of a strong ammonia smell. That smell was reported to be “very bad” on the night of the explosion.

      Storing ammonia at fertilizer plants can be very hazardous; in 2008, the Center for American Progress found a fertilizer plant that stored millions of pounds of anhydrous ammonia in Pasadena, Texas to be among the most hazardous chemical facilities in the country, with more than 3 million people living in range of a worst-case ammonia gas release.

      A day after the explosion in West, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report documenting a widespread lack of workplace inspections by state OSHA programs.

      My bottom line take on Texas overall:
      We value the sanctity of human life so deeply that we will do everything we possibly can to eliminate abortions, contraception and health care for women.

      That way we'll have more lives we can send to death row and locate next to unregulated fertilizer plants so we can kill them.

      Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

      by dweb8231 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:22:59 AM PDT

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