The Beirut blast exposes the lessons that haven't been learned from previous chemical disasters
The deadly explosions in West, Texas, in 2013 and now in Beirut had commonalities. "Both blasts involved massive stockpiles of ammonium nitrate, a common but highly explosive chemical," reports AP News' Ellen Knickmeyer, "and swift allegations that negligence and weak government oversight were to blame."
“We don’t seem to learn," a former volunteer first responder who helped with the disaster in West tells her.
Not only do we not learn, Dr. Elena Craft, senior director of climate and health with Environmental Defense Fund, explains, the Trump administration's EPA has worked to weaken the protections that have been put into place to prevent disasters like these from happening again.
She cites the Chemical Disaster Rule, implemented by the Obama administration's EPA after West that was gutted the fall before. “It’s always been sort of the constant story," she says. "It gets to be accepted business in Texas.”
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