According to the 2011 budget submitted to congress by OSHA, which provides most of the federal oversight for that industry, there are 7.5 million workplaces in the U.S. and only 2,218 inspectors to check them for safety violations. The number of employed nationally means that there is one inspector for every 57,984 workers. One analyst reported that means OSHA has the capacity to inspect a business work place once every 129 years. Fortunately, state level OSHA workers aren’t as pressed and they can get to a facility every 67 years. – James Moore, Director of Progress Texas PAC
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And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the fact that even though this thing killed more people than the Boston Marathon bombings (which were awful), it won’t even get close to the amount of media attention.
It’s routine. Par for the course. It’s just another industrial facility storing lethal chemicals left to its own devices because there’s little to no government oversight- and that’s just not news.