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Fertilizer Plant Blast: Does Post-9/11 Secrecy Make Your Life Riskier?

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- 1848 days ago -
Following the fertilizer plant blast, Texas cited terror concerns in withholding information on dangerous chemicals. Some say that secrecy deprives citizens of the ability to make decisions about their safety.

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Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 3:56 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. I agree that "secrecy deprives citizens of the ability to make decisions about their safety." Just boggles my mind that these plants aren't considered on the same level as nuke plants...esp. since 9/11. Regulations need to be followed, not ignored.

Hilary S (65)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 9:41 pm
secrecy? or paranoia? these are the progeny of terrorism.

Lynn D (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:29 am
Thanks for info..........

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 3:48 am
Regulation and enforcement would have prevented the explosion. No one needed to know anything sensitive.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:11 am

Carol H (229)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:55 am
thanks Cal, noted

cecily w (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:34 am
Excellent article! The balance between "public safety concerns" and "public need to know" (now called "terrorism concerns") really comes down to money. The West Fertilizer Company started in 1962. Since then the population grew, houses and schools were built, and developers profited. Concerns by local politicians (if any) were ignored, yet some local appointees profited from being hired. OSHA winked at the situation in 1985, and the the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality diddled with it later in a patchy fashion. Yes, the public should have the Right-To-Know, but how many people have moved to be in the vicinity of Three Mile Island since 1979?

Occasionally, one level of government or another has acted (Times Beach, MO). Even now, OSHA--which fined the West Fertilizer Company $30 instead of $1000 in 1985--is whining that they don't have the budget for inspection. Give them the money, and get it from those who profit from manufacturing, storing or transporting hazards.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:36 am
Can it be more eco-friendly?

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:50 am
Thanks for Info

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:50 am

lee e (114)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 9:07 am
Texas government has a reputation to deregulate everything - it has little to do with "secrecy" although if you live without regulations then there is a "secrecy" issue - but it's the fault of the Texas administration first and foremost - they are the ones to blame for this event - not homeland security or anything else - big business and state government are in cahoots in Texas!

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 3:02 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:29 am
Just an excuse to try and get away with criminally irresponsible behaviour. Do not allow it.

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:30 pm
Secrets that kill are not good!
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