It does not have a state fire code, and it prohibits smaller counties from having such codes. Some Texas counties even cite the lack of local fire codes as a reason for companies to move there. But Texas has also had the nation’s highest number of workplace fatalities — more than 400 annually — for much of the past decade. Fires and explosions at Texas’ more than 1,300 chemical and industrial plants have cost as much in property damage as those in all the other states combined for the five years ending in May 2012. Compared with Illinois, which has the nation’s second-largest number of high-risk sites, more than 950, but tighter fire and safety rules, Texas had more than three times the number of accidents, four times the number of injuries and deaths, and 300 times the property damage costs….
It is impossible to know whether tougher regulations would have prevented the disaster near West, especially since investigators remain unsure what sparked the fire that caused the fertilizer to explode. McLennan is among the counties without a fire code.
But federal officials and fire safety experts contend that fire codes and other requirements would probably have made a difference. A fire code would have required frequent inspections by fire marshals who might have prohibited the plant’s owner from storing the fertilizer just hundreds of feet from a school, a hospital, a railroad and other public buildings, they say. A fire code also would probably have mandated sprinklers and forbidden the storage of ammonium nitrate near combustible materials. (Investigators say the fertilizer was stored in a largely wooden building near piles of seed, one possible factor in the fire.)
“It’s tough to overstate the importance fire codes would have made,” said Scott Harris, a former emergency management coordinator in Texas for the Environmental Protection Agency, who is now with UL Workplace Health and Safety, a safety science company. “Texas just hasn’t wrapped its brain around this fact yet.”— After Explosion, Texas Remains Wary of Regulation - NYTimes.com (via dendroica)
North Carolina bill requiring teens to get notarized parental permission for medical and mental health care including STD testing heads to house floor
Raleigh, N.C. (WRAL) — North Carolina could be on the verge of implementing the nation’s strictest law on medical care for teenagers.
House Bill 693 would require notarized written approval from a parent before a doctor or other provider could diagnose, treat or even counsel anyone under 18 for mental health or substance abuse. Parental approval would also be required for contraception, pregnancy care and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
North Carolina would be the only state in the nation to require parental consent for STD testing.
Sponsor Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania, says the bill “strengthens parental rights in their determination of what’s appropriate in terms of their child’s medical needs.”
Whitmire said that, if a minor needs mental health, substance abuse, STD or contraceptive care, “it reflects a risky behavior that goes down a primrose path that yields these outcomes. It’s very behavioral related.”
So, now teens who are at risk of or think they may have an STD won’t get tested, are these fucksticks TRYING to make North Carolina the STD capital of the US?
Because that’s what’s going to happen if this bill passes.
Children with abusive parents will have no safe way of seeking help with mental health issues related to that abuse.
This is so fucked up on so many levels, way to go North Carolina GOP, small government, huh?
#Breaking: CNN projects Mark Sanford has defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the SC 1st District special Congressional election.
- South Carolina’s 1st District House seat Special Election: 59% Reporting, Republican Sanford leads Democrat Colbert Busch 54.5% - 45.1%
- That was quick. @Redistrict says “It’s over”. Sanford has won the special election in South Carolina. May it not be so. #Sanford
- “PPP’s final poll of special election in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional Sanford leading Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch 47-46”
- If @MarkSanford wins this election, I’ve lost all faith in #SouthCarolina
- AP: 172 of 317 Precincts Reporting — @MarkSanford 55% and @ColbertBuschSC 45% http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2013/by_county/SC_US_House_0507.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS …
- Sanford 54.5%, Colbert Busch 45.1%, 59.0% Reporting http://politi.co/12eM8l2
- South Carolina, you’re not allowed to vote again. Ever. Really??!!! RT @UnitedLiberals: Mark Sanford will win the SC-1 special election
- Mark Sanford, former Governor of South Carolina, defeats Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert in the SC1 by-election.
- Seriously, Sanford effing won the House election? Major #facepalm to South Carolina voters. Seriously!
- BREAKING: Mark Sanford will fill the vacant U.S. House seat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, @CNN projects (@cnnbrk)
My reaction to Sanford’s win: