Did Lax Zoning Lead to Texas Plant Explosion Carnage?

When the West Fertilizer Co plant exploded last week in Texas, it severely damaged homes and schools located in close proximity to the property, and killed dozens of people. Markos Moulitsas blames lax zoning standards for putting lives at risk.

"It's tragic enough that maybe three dozen were killed because of the gross negligence of the owners of West Fertilizer Co in West, Texas," writes Moulitsas. "But compounding the carnage, it seems as if half the town was leveled including several schools and houses five blocks from the plant. But wait, there were houses five blocks from a fertilizer plant?"

"There is a reason zoning laws exist. But Texas being Texas, apparently the 'freedom' to set up shop next to a bomb trumps everything else—including the lives and properties of far too many in West."

Full Story: The wonder of libertarian zoning laws, West, Texas edition

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