Every time I turn on the news, there's coverage of the Boston bombings. As important as this story is, I am dismayed that so little is being discussed about the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Fourteen people were killed, 12 of them first responders. The town was devastated.
One reason this should take precedence is the lack of government inspections that were done on this facility. How could a fertilizer plant, a home to volatile combustible chemicals, be under such poor oversight? Hundreds of tons of chemicals were stored there against regulations, but safety agencies were unaware of this. Many people fight such oversight, but this explosion appears to be a tragic consequence of too little oversight.
Let's hope something is done to remedy this situation for the safety of our citizens.