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  •  An article in today's Houston Chronicle discusses (16+ / 0-)

    this. The article by Patricia Kilday Hart is here. Here are three paragraphs from that article (with the first being the opening paragraph):

    The Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency charged with regulating the highly explosive substance ammonium nitrate, wasn't aware that West Fertilizer Co. stored 270 tons of ammonium nitrate - 1,300 times the threshold that triggers federal oversight.

    But the small company did submit the information to another government agency - the Department of State Health Services.

    The patchwork of local, state and national laws regulating fertilizer facilities remains at the heart of the investigation into the deadly explosion that claimed 14 lives in the tiny Czech community of West. Saturday, company officials were unavailable to explain why they had not complied with DHS rules, promulgated in the last five years, requiring the disclosure of such a large quantity of ammonium nitrate.

    This article goes on to discuss the lax state of state health and safety regulation in Texas, which is becoming even more lax as the state continues to cut funds for state regulatory health and safety oversight. However, two days ago Governor Perry did express some willingness to review whether state regulations were adequate. Yeah right--what a coincidence! That'll last about as long as a popsicle in a summer heatwave. Too bad Gov. Perry didn't think of this two years ago instead of two days ago when it might have made a world of difference.

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 12:51:40 PM PDT

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