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Texas Fertilizer Plant Failed To Disclose Massive Amount Of Ammonium Nitrate
TPM ^ | 4/20/13 | IGOR BOBIC

Posted on 04/21/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT by OKRA2012

The West, Texas fertilizer plant where a powerful explosion killed at least 14 and injured dozens on Wednesday failed to disclose a massive ammount of ammonium nitrate ordinarily regulated by federal officials, according to Reuters.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires fertilizer plants and depots to disclose amounts of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make a bomb, above 400 lbs. The West, Texas plant, West Fertilizer, reportedly held 270 tons of the substance, 1,350 times that limit.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: manufacturing; osha; westtexas
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1 posted on 04/21/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: OKRA2012

Somebody’s in big trouble.


2 posted on 04/21/2013 11:23:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: OKRA2012

Who owns/operates this plant?


3 posted on 04/21/2013 11:25:05 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: dfwgator
Somebody’s in big trouble.

Perhaps. But before we can say that was the plant a big democrat donor?

4 posted on 04/21/2013 11:27:02 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: OKRA2012

There was a school and a nursing home right across the street from this plant. It’s a Federal felony to get within 1,000 ft. of a school with a lawfully carried firearm but there aren’t any regulations about how close you can put an ammonium nitrate plant?


5 posted on 04/21/2013 11:27:40 AM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: Jim Robinson

Allahu Ackbar Growth Promotions, LLC.


6 posted on 04/21/2013 11:28:04 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: OKRA2012
400-lbs vs 270 tons? The calculator melted. Someone in accounting is in for a load of shiite.


7 posted on 04/21/2013 11:29:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (No one can go back and make a new start, but anyone can start from now, and make a new ending.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Some dude with last name of Adair. He better hope he’s dead, because there would be some serious jail time, I would think.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2310825/West-Texas-fertilizer-plant-explosion-leaves-dead-100-injured.html


8 posted on 04/21/2013 11:30:53 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jim Robinson

West Fertilizer Company.


9 posted on 04/21/2013 11:31:01 AM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: null and void
But before we can say that was the plant a big democrat donor?

Given that Democrats only got 30% of the vote in the county in 2012, it seems exceedingly unlikely that a rural grain and fertilizer storage facility is a big Democrat donor.

The owner, Donald Adair, is not listed as having made any campaign contributions either on the national or local level.

10 posted on 04/21/2013 11:33:46 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Jonty30

Wow, famous last name in Texa oil circles. Hope he’s no kin of Red.


11 posted on 04/21/2013 11:34:13 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: OKRA2012

oops


12 posted on 04/21/2013 11:34:15 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: OKRA2012

I note DHS is up West Fertilizers ***, but let the Boston Bombers go 2 years ago.


13 posted on 04/21/2013 11:34:15 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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... Ahh, yes, the witchhunt begins, how dare a plant report to multiple agencies and leave one of the billion alphabet soups off of the list.

DHS’s actual involvement, had the amount been reported (which, I notice, very few reporters have bothered to even ask the question, how many fertilizer plants are out of compliance with this demand...) would be to make helpful suggestions by sending out a couple different brochures on plant safety, and then require hundreds of pictures of the plant site, security layout, security equipment, etc.

But you know why we know exactly how much the plant held (and note, that the number in the article is at the maximum capacity)? Because they submitted reports for Texas oversight as well as EPA requirements. OH MY! They hid in absolute plain sight.

I’ve not taken a look at the relevant DHS regulation or how it was published, but if I was a reporter being fed information by the DHS, my first question would be: Didn’t you pick up the blue book and copy down all the addresses of fertilizer plants in the United States and send them letters notifying them of your requirement? Because the odd thing is, DHS has been quoted as saying they didn’t know that the plant even existed!

The amount of regulation that any manufacturing plant is under is staggering, and for a small business, compliance can be a full time job for half of the workforce.


14 posted on 04/21/2013 11:34:27 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: TigersEye
There was a school and a nursing home right across the street from this plant. It’s a Federal felony to get within 1,000 ft. of a school with a lawfully carried firearm but there aren’t any regulations about how close you can put an ammonium nitrate plant

The school, nursing home, and apartment complex were all built AFTER the plant.

15 posted on 04/21/2013 11:34:35 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: OKRA2012

Honestly who cares about the reporting. They shouldn’t have had it at a plant located in that area.


16 posted on 04/21/2013 11:34:51 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Strategerist

I guess I really did need a </sarc> tag after all...


17 posted on 04/21/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: dfwgator

There is also a serious issue of using water on the ammonia nitrate fire.

The fire department or did the plant management provide the wrong information to the first responders?


18 posted on 04/21/2013 11:36:09 AM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: null and void
I guess I really did need a tag after all..

It's hard to distinguish sarcasm from stupidity on this board a lot of the time...

19 posted on 04/21/2013 11:38:25 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: kingu

Thank you for that moment of clarity!


20 posted on 04/21/2013 11:38:56 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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