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  •  I saw that, too, elsewhere. (6+ / 0-)

    Please let those firefighters not be blamed if, without training about how to deal with this (despite the plant(s) in Texas), they did their best. Aw, hell, don't let them be blamed at all.

    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. (JFK)

    by begone on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:56:25 PM PDT

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    •  Oh fuck no. They are not to be blamed - the state (7+ / 0-)

      and or county is to be blamed for not regulating/monitoring the actual industrial hazards! See my comment below! I cannot believe that they could say there was no hazard. If these first responders had no clue what they were responding to - there is going to be a metric fuck-ton of lawsuits.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:04:42 PM PDT

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    •  Not blame. Outrage (5+ / 0-)

      Not at them - if this was so but at a policy and responsibles that makes such a situation even possible in the first place.

      I mean what the hell, look at the training an airplane pilot gets - or airplane engineers go through - for every minimally thinkable risk, what to do, how to prevent. As it should be. And there could be fertilizer plants next to nursing homes with fund-starved volunter firemen unaware or untrained on what to do in a worstcase?

      If that is so - BIG IF, I find that nearly totally incredible - then it wouldt be their fault (what can they do but struggle and suffer) but a massive failure of those responsible for public & industrial policy.

       

      •  Feels like this.... (5+ / 0-)
        a massive failure of those responsible for public & industrial policy.
        Policy is so important. And where is policy made? Government! The same goddamn government that so many people want to drown in a bathtub. sigh. Not to say that BAD policy might be made. Sure it can. And that is where we as normal citizens need to provide input on policy.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:14:46 PM PDT

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