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Longer road for chemical spill bill in W.Va. House

January 30, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates is paving a long legislative road for new regulations on above-ground storage tanks.

But Speaker Tim Miley says his chamber isn't stalling the chemical spill-inspired bill.

Miley says giving the bill three committee stops doesn't mean it won't go anywhere. Often, assigning a bill many committees shows leadership isn't seriously considering it.

Miley says Senate Bill 373 could take longer in the House. A public hearing will take place in the House chamber Monday.

The Senate took 12 days to pass the bill from its introduction.

The bill proposes various regulations on storing fluids after the Jan. 9 chemical spill, which contaminated 300,000 people's water for days.

Miley also said manufacturing groups are concerned about regulations proposed for mobile tanks on railcars or trucks.



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