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April 27, 2013

Potential West scenarios reviewed locally

County officials double check facilities, plans following Central Texas disaster.


The proximity of the West plant to schools and residences and length of time the plant had been there created an unusual situation in West, Scott said. To his knowledge nothing similar exists locally.

Scott said the events in West do provide an opportunity to local officials to go back and review response plans and learn from the situation.

He watched the news and listened to audio from the response and thought about what he would do in a similar situation, Scott said.

However, just because facilities posing an explosion risk aren’t located in such close proximity to populated areas as in West, doesn’t rule out the possibility of similar disaster in Parker County.

“Ammonium nitrate rolls down the rail lines through Parker County every day,” Scott said, adding that incidents could occur involving transportation on the highways as well.

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