1/28/2014 7:46 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - The state Senate planned to vote on whether to impose stronger regulations on above-ground storage tanks after the recent chemical spill in Charleston.
The proposal would require registrations and inspections for most surface-level storage units. Some exemptions exist for farms, water storage, propane and personal-sized tanks, stormwater, and wastewater systems, among other categories. If the Senate passes the measure Tuesday, it will go to the House of Delegates.
The bill by Majority Leader John Unger responded to the January 9th Freedom Industries spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,00 West Virginians for days.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin supported the Senate push to regulate storage facilities.