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Protect Americans From Chemical Explosions ACTION US

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: toxins, obama, usa, chem explosions, health, death, safety, protection )

- 1855 days ago -
Today more than 100 million Americans live in disaster zones. The leading hazard in those zones is poison gas such as anhydrous ammonia which was also stored at the West, Texas facility.

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Christeen A (369)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:35 am

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:44 am
Signed and shared, thanks Nancy.

Teresa W (782)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:21 am
already signed (the system accepted my Polish postcode)

Sue H (7)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:28 am
Noted and absolutely signed, thanks.

Nicole W (646)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:56 am
signed and shared, thank you Nancy

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:22 pm
Thank you! (S, N, P, T)

Maria S (95)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:46 pm
Noted & signed. Thanks Nacny!

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:28 pm
Noted and signed ~ thank you Nancy!

Animae C (513)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:34 am
Thank you for signing the petition: Protect Americans from Chemical Explosions.

Tracy H (8)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:49 pm
Signed and noted, thank you.

Robert K (31)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:20 pm
Accidents happen, but when caused by breaking the law, they aren't accidents and should be met with the corporate death penalty.

Robert K (31)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:47 pm
MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on his program Thursday how the Bush administration—and specifically former Vice President Dick Cheney’s son-in-law—played a critical role in defeating regulations that would have strengthened federal oversight of chemical plants like the one that exploded and killed 15 people in West, Texas, last week.

During the time his father-in-law was vice president, Philip Perry worked in various governmental entities such as the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security. While at these jobs, he was able to successfully block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the chemical industry. As general counsel at the DHS in 2007, Perry played a key role in moving the task of regulating chemical plants from the EPA to his own department—a move that favored the chemical industry.

“Basically, in a backroom maneuver, Perry does the chemical industry’s bidding by moving the oversight of this from the EPA, which the chemical industry hates, to DHS, which the chemical industry thinks they can more easily manipulate,” Hayes explained.

As Hayes goes on to point out, the West Fertilizer Plant had been storing more than 1,300 times the amount of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger oversight by the DHS. Incredibly, however, the DHS wasn’t even aware that the plant existed, according to Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.


Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:51 pm
Noted, signed and tweeted. Thank You Nancy.

Jo S (619)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:58 pm
This was a terrible & preventable situation. The problem being vigilance. If this is not a wake up call I don't know what is. We must all be aware of what is in our own backyards! Thank you so much Nancy.
Noted, signed & shared.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:19 pm
noted and signed

Alice C (1797)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:54 pm
Thank you Nancy ~ signed and shared

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Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:23 pm

. (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:28 pm
Signed & posted

Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
read and noted and signed the petition on 4-27-13 these chemical explosions are not just accidents alot of this happens when corportations are ignoring all safety issues and alot of innocent people wind up dying because of someone eles stupidty thats why we need the epa to step up there actions when these kind of accidents happen so that we can prevent any harm to people and the environment these accidents should never happen if safety protocols are followed by these companies.

Laurie H (817)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:53 pm
Thank you Nancy, Very much appreciated. Signed & Tweeted.~

Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:09 pm
Thanks Nancy.. SUCH an important petition! I just can't understand, apart from everything else, that that fertliser factory could be bult near enough to buldings to be able to destroy them in the case of an explosion.. SURELY they must have done studies to make sure buldings were far enough away in an accident like this.. Or was it the fault of the council allowing buldings to be built too near? I DID hear on our news here in Australia that there was a chance that it was arson... Is that true? Whatever the situtaion was, people MUST know that they are not in danger of another explosion like this.. MAYBE some good will come out of this latest disaster and safety laws will be heightened and it will be made safer for eveone in the future... That will not be of great comfort to all those poor people who have lost their loved ones and have been injured by this. Well.. not at the moment, but I hope and pray that further down the track them may gain some comfort in knowing that things have changed for the good because of this horrible disaster.

Fran F (118)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:47 pm
Thanks, Nancy, gladly signed and shared! The cause of this tragedy seems to be criminal negligence (and or malfeasance) on the part of Philip Perry and his successors in DHS, since as Robert K. points out, they had no record that the plant even existed.

Nicky, I doubt that this was a case of arson, but the result of the plant holding over 1,300 times the amount of anhydrous ammonia that would normally require DHS oversight. The current lack of adequate government regulation of potentially deadly chemicals at such sites cannot continue!

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:02 pm

Myraida Diaz (136)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:19 pm
Signed. Thank You!- Will share.- Noted

Ruth R (246)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 10:29 pm
Noted and signed.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 10:35 pm
signed 9002

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:40 am
It asked why I signed

"Because chemical explosions hurt people".


Anna Undebeck (256)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:56 am

paul m (93)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:13 am

Signed ,,,Twetted

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:32 am
Already done, TU Nancy

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:17 am
Noted and signed.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:17 am
Signed and noted, thanks Nancy.

Gloria p (304)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:31 am

Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:56 am
Signed, thanks.

. (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:25 am

Beth M (138)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:39 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:52 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Nancy!

Esther Z (94)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:29 pm
Noted and signed.

Kirsten Taufer (43)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:47 pm
Signed and noted, thank you!

Faye Swan (23)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:54 pm
Signed & noted - thank you!

paul m (93)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:58 am

Had Signed,,,,Where else can this happen.. building Houses beside a "Bomb factory" ( look at the results)
who planned this and what safty matters were taken .

Russell R (87)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:25 pm
Signed & Noted - but it cost MONEY!!!! We have "Dirty Bombs" moving throughout this Country every minute of the Day passing through our cities and towns, by rail and road. All of the radio active waste generated from the active 104 nuclear plants we have, all has to make its way to Utah. From the reactor site, used fuel is transported by road, rail or sea to either an interim storage site or a reprocessing plant where it will be reprocessed. Used fuel assemblies are shipped in Type B casks which are shielded with steel, or a combination of steel and lead, and can weigh up to 110 tons when empty. A typical transport cask holds up to 6 tons of used fuel. That is "Clean Energy!"

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 5:25 am
Perry, and his de-regulation gang, should be held legally responsible for this "accident"--he won't be, of course, because this is the "land of the free" for the rich, powerful and entitled.
Clean safe energy is the way to go--hopefully, someday.
Thanks Nancy--signed and shared.

Carol H (229)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 4:40 pm
signed and noted

Judy C (97)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 12:07 am
Signed. Thanks Nancy.
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