Lax zoning and haphazard development in Dallas have left thousands of residents living side-by-side with hazardous industrial sites where a single accident could cause thousands of injuries and deaths, according to an investigation by the Dallas Morning News. Local laws allow dangerous chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia to be stored with no special permits, and large storage facilities are often found near low-income housing developments. The Petra Chemical Co. notes in its filings with the EPA that more than 17,000 could die in an industrial accident there, yet only a ditch and a chain-link fence separate the facility from an apartment complex.

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