Monday, July 23, 2012

One Reason There Are Environmental Rules

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I ran across this article from the Houston Business Journal about a case where a company allegedly illegally transported hazardous materials without the proper placards or information.  Allegedly, as a results of this, two workers were killed when they were exposed to hazardous gases.

I know that some of my more libertarian leaning friends out there often claim that government should not be involved in business and that there are too many environmental regulations.  However, what do we do to protect ourselves and our nation's workforce when there is a need to transport significant volumes of hazardous materials across the country or within large urban areas?  Do we trust industry to do the right thing and protect us, or do we use government regulation to provide guidelines for the safe transport and handling of the materials?

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