Texas, the US Lab for Bad Policy, continues to suffer under the loving care of Preznint Stupid who only weeks ago decided to erase a chemical safety regulation put in place by the Kenyan Usurper that would let the public — and the first responders — know what kind of toxic soup they were wading into.
The site’s owner, Arkema, has complained about the burdens of the rule, which the EPA created after a 2015 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant killed 15 people, injured about 200 others and destroyed hundreds of homes.
So you know those blasts that were reported last night in Texas? Firefighters and other emergency crews lack information about the plants and factories now awash with floodwater, and no one knows what’s in it.
“I’d put it on the scale of 9/11 health risk,” said [James Norton, a former deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush], now the head of the consulting group Play-Action Strategies. “There was a similar challenge in Katrina, as the standing water around the city kind of became a chemical sludge. The risk in Houston is greater.”
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