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  •  That fertilizer plant was storing way more (4+ / 0-)
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    Penny GC, True North, DRo, Old Sailor

    fertilizer than is allowed by regulations. What do you think they would say if you asked them if they were breaking the law by storing too much fertilizer?

    If Reagan was the answer, it must have been a very silly question.

    by shoeless on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:56:34 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, the article didn't state anything about (0+ / 0-)

      the quantities. When was the last time it was inspected?

      •  It wasn't inspected at all. (3+ / 0-)
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        Texas authorites knew about the huge amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the plant, but did not inform the Department of Homeland Security.

        Texas fertilizer plant had 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally raise red flags

        The factory in West, Texas, did not report its massive amount of the potentially explosive fertilizer to the Department of Homeland Security, a source familiar with DHS operations said.

        Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS when they hold 400 lb (180 kg) or more of the substance. Filings this year with the Texas Department of State Health Services, which weren’t shared with DHS, show the plant had 270 tons of it on hand last year.

        “This facility was known to have chemicals well above the threshold amount to be regulated under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act (CFATS), yet we understand that DHS did not even know the plant existed until it blew up.”

        http://www.nydailynews.com/...

        If Reagan was the answer, it must have been a very silly question.

        by shoeless on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 12:49:39 PM PDT

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