I haven’t talked about the explosion in West, Texas given what’s been happening in Boston, but it’s also a big deal. It’s too early to know what happened there, but there are indications that it had expanded be much bigger than allowed and had slipped through regulatory cracks:

The CSB looks at, among other things, whether regulatory agencies failed in preventing accidents. And the plant falls under the purview of an alphabet soup of regulatory agencies: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Office of Texas State Chemist.

The same type of thing happened at New England Compounding Center:

A report issued by Republicans states that the FDA failed to act on years of complaints about problematic drugs and practices at the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

The pharmacy produced tainted preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate injections which were used to manage pain. They sickened more than 700 Americans, killing 53 others. Illnesses include fungal meningitis, abscesses and secondary fungal infections in some patients who had already been diagnosed with meningitis.

In both cases, it seems, no agency was in charge of directly regulating the company as it expanded faster than it should have. This again shows the need for simple regulations.

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