Information and comments delivered during a hearing held last week by the Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee ranged from the troubling to the absurd.
The troubling testimony came from state officials charged with assessing and ensuring the safety of facilities that store and handle dangerous chemicals such as ammonium nitrate, the fertilizer ingredient that exploded April 17 in West, killing 15 people, injuring 200 others and causing more than $100 million in property damage. The jumbled and weak regulations governing hazardous chemicals in Texas limit the ability of state officials to weigh risks to public safety.
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