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Published: Saturday, April 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Skeptical Chymist

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.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Glendora, CA

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.

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