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Forum Post: West explosion investigation on hold due to government shutdown

Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 9, 2013, 8:37 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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WASHINGTON — Federal efforts to improve chemical safety and investigate what went wrong in the deadly West fertilizer blast are stalled because of the partial government shutdown, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Tuesday.

Boxer, a California Democrat who is chairwoman of the Senate’s environment and public works committee, said that means deadlines set by President Barack Obama for Cabinet members and agency heads to review and overhaul regulations, safety practices, data-sharing and emergency response won’t be met.

The first deadline, for agencies to submit proposals for improvements, is Nov. 1.

The shutdown also is delaying the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s final report on the blast.

“That explosion is a prime example of the situation we’re in now, where the agencies that are supposed to come up with ways to make sure this never happens again just can’t meet,” she said at a news conference.

Momentum on improving chemical safety and security in wake of the West disaster is also at risk in the shutdown, Boxer said.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/west-explosion/headlines/20131008-west-explosion-investigation-on-hold-due-to-government-shutdown.ece

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[-] 1 points by HCHC4 (-28) 5 years ago

The list of things that are now tied to this beast is unending. Total snowball effect.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

You're done.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Oil rig explosion.

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I know, right? We should all aspire to be like Texass. The water is great I hear.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

The economy sucks down there. If you are for underemployment and minimum wage jobs then it's the place to be.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Most of the people in Texas are actually pretty cool. But, there are a lot of people that don't vote and don't participate in a political process which is how these strange ass douchebags get in the door. I still have family down there. That said, I do not live there for a reason.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Wait....I remember you telling me this before. I remember that you were discussing the keys but that was so............before that I don't remember why.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Hmmm......the only one that I can think of off the top of my head is the dingaling that is researching the "hook up culture" and I can't remember if that had a grant or not.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I agree if we are in the realm of psychology. I have zero respect for it.

However, if you are looking at something as asstardian as the hook up culture then the starting position is that this is a unique phenomenon. It is not. In fact, it indicates an utter lack of knowledge of social history. Harmful? Outside of contributing to collective amnesia and looking like a fucking moron then no. Not initially.

However, it will be picked up and worked to prove that there were good old days and now it's a problem.

What happened in Texas occurs all the time and on the one hand makes your case but on the other hand still leaves you with nothing

http://gawker.com/man-murders-wife-kills-himself-hours-after-trying-out-1435422220

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Texas-Man-Kills-His-Wife-Then-Himself-226914201.html

http://www.azfamily.com/news/Husband-flees-after-allegedly-shooting-killing-wife-226693051.html

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