Ammonium Nitrate Facilities Pass Inspection Yet Half Are Without Secure Fencing. After a state law was passed in 2007 introducing new regulations for facilities storing ammonium nitrate, 42 percent failed inspections that following year. In 2013, 0 percent failed, according to the state chemist’s office, but critics allege that these facilities aren’t keeping the chemical compound properly secured. Fences have holes in them, folks nearby don’t even know the facility stores the stuff (another issue entirely), addresses aren’t public, all facilities need to do is post their registration within public view, etc. There’s a lot going on here. End result: looks like the 2007 law isn’t doing enough to keep these plants safe.
Former President Bush Leading the Quiet Life. There’s talk of painting (of course), golfing, biking, worrying about the Tea Party, unexpected support of immigration legislation and a disappointment in Obama’s performance. But most of that political thought is happening in private. Bush has exited politics and entered “self-exile” in Dallas, says The New York Times, more focused on his family than his legacy, though positive public opinion has improved to 49 percent.
Lara and Solis Still Fighting it Out for Open Dallas School Board Seat. The lawsuit alleging Solis didn’t meet residency requirements has been dropped and focus is theoretically back on the open seat in District 8, vacated by Adam Medrano. The election is tomorrow.
Speaking of Elections, Jim Wright Couldn’t Get a Voter ID Card Over the Weekend. He didn’t have proper identification.