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Before the Blast, West Fertilizer’s Monsanto Lawsuit



As details emerge about the Texas fertilizer plant that was the site of Wednesday’s fatal explosion and fire, a few tidbits can be gleaned from a 2007 lawsuit that the plant’s owners filed against agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. MON +0.22%
The suit, filed as a potential class action in U.S. District Court for the western district of Texas, claimed that Monsanto had artificially inflated prices for its herbicide Roundup through anti-competitive actions. The suit did not relate to storing fertilizer, believed to be at the root of Wednesday’s blast.
The suit was filed by Texas Grain Storage Inc. The company now calls itself West Fertilizer Co.
In the suit, the company said that it was started in 1957 as a grain-storage business by the Plasek family in the town of West, Texas. It later built a small fertilizer-blend plant and started selling fertilizer to area farmers.
Zak Covar, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, told a news conference Wednesday that the fertilizer storage and blending facility had been there since 1962.
In 1970 it started selling other agricultural products, including some from Monsanto, and by 1997 it had struck a deal with Monsanto to directly purchase Roundup each year.
A court filing in 2008 indicated that Texas Grain Storage recently had been sold. Emil Plasek is listed as a former owner.  Texas Grain Storage said it monitored the Roundup, stored in a stainless steel tank, through a telephone connected to the tank, the company said.
Many documents in the case are sealed, and the public documents don’t reveal the names of the plant’s then-current owners. Texas corporation records list the president of the company as Donald R. Adair, and show a business operating as Adair Grain Inc. at the same address.  MORE
MONSANTO WACO MISSILE STRIKE FOR VERMONT? MONSANTO THREATENS TO SUE VERMONT IF IT PASSES TRANSPARENT GMO LABELING BILL.
Despite overwhelming public support, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if it passes.

What happened to the formerly staunch legislative champions of Vermont’s “right to know” bill? They lost their nerve after Monsanto representatives recently threatened that the biotech giant would sue Vermont if they pass the bill. [Officials] expressed concern about Vermont being the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill and then having to “go it alone” against Monsanto in court.

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Texas Mass-Casuality Drill Cancelled Following Waco Explosion

April 18, 2013
Tune into the breaking news broadcast at 24:20 into the file below.
Just days after the Boston Marathon bombings, a large explosion erupted mysteriously at a fertilizer plant in Waco, Texas and the timing has many people wondering if it wasn’t an accident.  To make matters even more suspicious there was once again a drill scheduled in the area, only this time the drill was publicly cancelled after the explosion in Waco.
The following post was made to announce the alleged cancellation of these drills:
Update on the drill (posted 4/18): Due to the events in West, Texas last night, North Hills Hospital and the NCTTRAC have chosen to cancel today’s emergency preparedness drill. Many of the same resources planned for the drill have already deployed to West to help care for the victims down there.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, loved ones, and first responders affected by this terrible tragedy.
Originally there was a post describing the drill, saying that it would be complete with actors, who would take almost 200 local hospital beds.  The original announcement read:  MORE

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