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  •  Don't know West Texas (1+ / 0-)
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    but I lived in a small town right next to the local elevator which sold, applied, and stored fertilizer,  bot dry and anhydrous ammonia.  Was fire chief for a couple of those years - a community of less than 100 people,  a plant that served hundreds of farmers - safety regulations designed for the day (1970's) .   Inspections are done with new construction - new equipment - and some regular scheduling, or when a complaint in filed.  Many are Co-op's owned by the farmers they serve.  Managers and employees attend regional training centers - workers are certified for the jobs they do,  and most follow rigid safety practices.  Still there are lapses, accidents, sometimes shortcuts designed to cut costs and max out the profits. Hopefully they will determine that this was an accident - and that willful avoidance of safety practice - nor vandalism contributed to the explosion.  The rules can be expensive - but the accident is far worse.  

    •  Thanks for your perspective (0+ / 0-)

      Our family farm was cotton, not grain, so I've been commenting from observation only.  I've lived in wheat country for the last 36 years, though.  It surrounds my home on three sides.  

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:32:57 PM PDT

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