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Safety at Chemical Plants

Safety at Chemical Plants

In April a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, killing fourteen people and injuring hundreds. Since then, there have been at least six other chemical accidents, including two that included fatalities.

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But instead of letting state inspectors in to figure out what is going wrong, the five chemical plants have simply denied the inspectors entry and gotten away with it. We can’t let this continue.

Join us in demanding that OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) inspect the five chemical plants in Texas that kicked out state fire inspectors who were trying to prevent another West, Texas tragedy. Click here to sign our petition.

Back in April, a fertilizer plant exploded in the small town of West, Texas — killing 14 people and injuring 200. The plant stored explosive ammonium nitrate — but had no alarms, no automatic shutoff system, no firewall and no sprinkler system. And it was across the street from a school.

When Texas fire inspectors stepped up their enforcement after this tragedy, five chemical plants flat-out denied them entry. And there’s nothing under Texas law that mandates such inspections. The state has no fire code, and only scheduled inspections are required.

If Texas can’t protect its residents, the federal government must. Sign our petition to OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) demanding that they inspect the five chemical plants who have denied access to the Texas fire inspectors.

Keep fighting,
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

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