TV News LIES

Sunday, Sep 21st

Last update11:18:22 PM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight

Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight

E-mail Print PDF

Texas blastThe Texas plant that was the scene of a deadly explosion this week was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1985. The risk plan it filed with regulators listed no flammable chemicals. And it was cleared to hold many times the ammonium nitrate that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing.

For worker- and chemical-safety advocates who have been pushing the U.S. government to crack down on facilities that make or store large quantities of hazardous chemicals, the blast in West, Texas, was a grim reminder of the risks these plants pose. And they say regulators haven’t done enough to tackle the problem.

“Definitely, somewhere along the line at the federal level, there was a failure,” Sean Moulton, director of open government policy at the Center for Effective Government, a Washington-based watchdog, said in an interview. “It was quite clear that they just didn’t consider flammability or explosiveness to be a problem, and given what occurred that was clearly shortsighted.”

The April 17 fire and explosion at Adair Grain Inc.’s West Fertilizer Co. plant flattened houses and devastated the center of the town of West, about 80 miles south of Dallas. Search crews had recovered 12 bodies as of noon today and 200 people were reported injured, making it the worst U.S. industrial disaster in three years. U.S. Senator John Cornyn said 60 people remain unaccounted for.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

Feds arm policeA Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that...

GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas

Impala recalledGeneral Motors is recalling 221,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala cars after a problem with the...

Florida fires 32 prison guards after spate of inmate deaths

Florida prison systemThe secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of...

Polly Bergen, first screen woman president and Sopranos star, dies aged 84

Polly BergenEmmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorised wife in...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!