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W.Va. chemical spill bill moves to House floor

March 4, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill strengthening chemical spill safeguards for storage facilities and public water companies is headed to the House of Delegates floor.

The amended proposal responding to the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.

Under the bill, most aboveground tanks holding more than 1,320 gallons would face yearly inspections. About 150 public water systems would have to spell out protection plans.

The committee also stripped a requirement that West Virginia American Water implement an early warning monitoring system. The company said it could have cost millions of dollars.

The bill also no longer requires a long-term health monitoring program.

The proposal hits the House floor Tuesday and likely will get a vote Wednesday. The Senate and House would need to compromise on the final bill.



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