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The company WAS fined for some safety violations last summer, but negotiated the $10,000 fine to a lower amount.
However, the people who are most responsible for the blast are a couple of very familiar names,
George W. Bush and Rick Perry.
The last time that the plant was visited by state OSHA inspectors was 1985
Rick Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history. He's been in office (in that position) since 2000.
George W. was governor from 1995 to 2000, and was preceded by Ann Richards.
Due to cutbacks in state funding, plants in Texas are inspected (on average) once every 126 years, but a number of other states aren't much better ....