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Mon May 27, 2013, 04:00 PM

Texas prohibits nearly 70 percent of its counties from having a fire code


By RANDY LEE LOFTIS
Environmental Writer
rloftis@dallasnews.com
Published: 25 May 2013 11:17 PM
Updated: 26 May 2013 12:48 PM

Victoria County, a little slice of the Texas chemical coast, has nearly 39 million pounds of concoctions that can poison and nearly 11 million pounds that can catch fire.

“A potential for a catastrophic event” is how one federal agency described the risk if they leak. A temptation for terrorists, added another.

But Victoria County cannot use a firefighter’s basic tool for preventing industrial disaster: a fire code.

Texas won’t let the county adopt one.

In piney-woods southeast Texas, nearly 250,000 people within 25 miles of a paper mill could breathe chlorine or chlorine-dioxide gas after a worst-case fire or accident. Some could die.


Much more at link: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/west-explosion/investigation/20130525-texas-prohibits-nearly-70-percent-of-its-counties-from-having-a-fire-code.ece

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Dallas Morning News coverage of the West Fertilizer explosion has been excellent.

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Reply Texas prohibits nearly 70 percent of its counties from having a fire code (Original post)
LeftInTX May 2013 OP
Buzz Clik May 2013 #1
Agnosticsherbet May 2013 #2
Skittles May 2013 #3
atreides1 May 2013 #4
Skittles May 2013 #5
mountain grammy May 2013 #10
Skittles May 2013 #11
Spitfire of ATJ May 2013 #9
underpants May 2013 #6
panzerfaust May 2013 #7
benld74 May 2013 #8
northoftheborder May 2013 #12

Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 04:14 PM

1. Some leftover garbage. Texas needs to fix that.

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Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 04:16 PM

2. Corporate profit safety must come first in Texas, and

anywhere else the rabid dog right gets control.

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Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:17 PM

3. read the comments; the ignorance is staggering

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:25 PM

4. Read the comments

Not surprised by the blatant ignorance...it is Texas!!!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #4)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:27 PM

5. well I live here so I know

but I have to say, the Democrats in Texas are true blue - we are a very hardy group, and GROWING

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Mon May 27, 2013, 06:49 PM

10. You have to be and you're real Texas heros. My 85 year old aunt is one in El Paso

Last year while spending some time in SW Texas, near Midland/Odessa, it was interesting to see the local channel do a Dem/Repub debate.
The Democratic lady was about 70, maybe older and quite feisty, like my aunt who announced to the whole right wing family " I'm an atheist and a Democrat!"

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #10)

Mon May 27, 2013, 07:01 PM

11. yup

I do think you have to be gutsier to be openly liberal in a red state

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:55 PM

9. The worship of "job creators" as if they are actually divine or at least closer to God is sad.

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Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:45 PM

6. 150 have no full-time fire departments.

0f 254 total

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Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:46 PM

7. Many Texas government districts - city, county - do not allow building codes either

 

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Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:47 PM

8. Its all fun and games until someone loses their life, then nothing is still the norm for Texas

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Response to LeftInTX (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 06:35 PM

12. Aint Texas advanced????

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