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Tue Aug 27, 2013, 12:32 PM

5 facilities with same fertilizer as West Texas blast refuse inspections

Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday.


A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across Texas was also said to have rebuffed a state request to share data since the April explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15 people and injured 200 others.

Regulators and state lawmakers at a hearing about the still-unsolved explosion were intrigued by the lack of cooperation. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said "well, sure" when asked whether those facilities refusing to admit inspectors raised concern.

"In their defense, they may have a very good reason," Connealy said.

There is no state fire code in Texas. The state fire marshal's office lacks the power to make unannounced inspections of local businesses, nor does the office have the authority to compel local facilities to open its doors.

http://www.mbtmag.com/news/2013/08/fire-marshal-inspections-refused-west-blast?et_cid=3446232&et_rid=82488838&type=headline

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Reply 5 facilities with same fertilizer as West Texas blast refuse inspections (Original post)
liberal N proud Aug 2013 OP
Blue_Tires Aug 2013 #1
Mopar151 Aug 2013 #2
SwissTony Aug 2013 #3
EC Aug 2013 #4
Mopar151 Aug 2013 #5
bullwinkle428 Aug 2013 #6

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 12:35 PM

1. hooray for unregulated industry!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:09 PM

2. We in the fertilizer bidness

And bidness is 'a boomin! Even in Tejas, this may prove to be a short-sighted strategy - kind of like refusing a Breathalyzer in a DWI.

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:37 PM

3. Exactly. Bidness can boom in more ways than one. n/t

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 02:08 PM

4. I have to wonder about

insurance - can they get liability coverage even? Insurance to cover their loses I'd imagine would be out, but how about liability? I certainly wouldn't want to live by any of them.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 09:00 AM

5. Where are these companies getting their liability insurance?

After the West Fertilizer fire/explosion, you gotta wonder.... Particularly when the owners are quite likely to be found personally liable due to gross negligence if anything goes wrong.

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 09:20 AM

6. Insurance?? We don't need no steenking insurance!! We'll just

get old "Uncle Sucker" to cover everything when, er...i mean IF something goes wrong!!!

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