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Fertilizer plant explodes in Texas
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us...html?hpt=hp_t1

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A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West left at least two people dead, leveled several homes and prompted a widescale evacuation in the community of 2,600 people.
"It was a like a nuclear bomb went off," Mayor Tommy Muska said. "Big old mushroom cloud. There are a lot of people that got hurt. There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow."
Fire officials fear that the number of casualties could rise as high as 60 to 70 dead, said Dr. George Smith, the emergency management system director of the city.
"That's a really rough number, I'm getting that figure from firefighters, we don't know yet," he said.


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what about all the fertilizer plants that explode every day in baghdad? why doesn't the press pay attention to them?
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Should we mourn 70 dead from an accident over three dead from a bombing?
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And not many safety inspectors, by the looks of things:

http://www.coshnetwork.org/enforceme...rtilizer-plant
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And not many safety inspectors, by the looks of things:

http://www.coshnetwork.org/enforceme...rtilizer-plant

My first thoughts were this should simply not have happened.
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My first thoughts were this should simply not have happened.

Yeah, there is some heavy irony in the line of the investigators that "we are investigating this as if it was a crime until we can establish for certain that it was an industrial accident".

Establishing that it is an industrial "accident" doesn't negative the proposition that it's a crime, kids.
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Yeah, there is some heavy irony in the line of the investigators that "we are investigating this as if it was a crime until we can establish for certain that it was an industrial accident".

Establishing that it is an industrial "accident" doesn't negative the proposition that it's a crime, kids.

And I'm shocked at how close residences were.



It's a great argument for small government and no regulation though.
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Come on Claude, there are heaps off examples of Australian chemical plants near housing.
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It's a great argument for small government and no regulation though.

Yeah, this article makes the interesting point that there are 4500 workplace deaths in the USA each year and the budget of OSHA is $US550 million, when considerably more money is spent to prevent terrorism which kills considerably fewer Americans:

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/4/1...at_texas_plant

(Disclaimer - I don't know if those figures are accurate, but the point is an interesting one if they are anywhere close).
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Yeah, this article makes the interesting point that there are 4500 workplace deaths in the USA each year and the budget of OSHA is $US550 million, when considerably more money is spent to prevent terrorism which kills considerably fewer Americans:

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/4/1...at_texas_plant

(Disclaimer - I don't know if those figures are accurate, but the point is an interesting one if they are anywhere close).

Easily explained away by the gun lobby.

Corporations don't kill people through negligence, it's executives that kill all those people.......

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Come on Claude, there are heaps off examples of Australian chemical plants near housing.

Yes you make a good point. I'm not sure there are homes that close to 25 tonnes of ammonia storage in Australia, but you are right I guess.
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Interesting post script to this - one of the paramedics who was first on the scene has been charged with possession of a pipe bomb:

http://news.yahoo.com/texas-paramedi...223100671.html

It seems that any suggestion that the paramedic caused the explosion has now been abandoned, so we are back in the territory of industrial "accident".
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