Safety concerns among residents and county officials hampered the approval of Universal Propane's proposal to expand business operations in Douglas County, Nev., that entails building two 30,000-gallon propane tanks in the area. State and federal regulators, hazardous materials and environmental agencies, local fire department and other government agencies regulate propane operations, said Universal Propane owner Blaine Ogier. "A lot of thought and experience have gone into making these as safe as possible," a company official said.

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