It seems to me that the large number of deaths, injuries, and property damage in
this case could have been avoided if the town of West, Texas, or some other
governmental entity actually had some zoning requirements. Doesn't it seem
pretty irresponsible to allow a fertilizer plant (which produces ammonium
nitrate, the prime ingredient of the ANFO bomb that was used in the Oklahoma
City bombing) to be located immediately adjacent to a Middle School, a High
School, and residences?This is an obvious case in which governmental
regulations were inadequate to protect the population.
Volunteer fire department not a good idea for a plant with potential to blow up
like a large bomb. Above letter about zoning is correct. This private company
pulled a fast one on this city.
Many fiscal conservatives go overboard and thumb their collective noses at
safety regulations. This is a tragic case in point. When you have a
"work-at-your-own-risk" state like Texas, this is the sad result. In the
long run, when you have safety, you not only save lives, (which is the most
important thing), you also save lots of money.