West Virginia Looks To Tighten Rules After Chemical Spill Tainted Water

"West Virginia's governor on Monday proposed legislation to regulate above-ground storage tanks, a move that comes after a spill of coal-processing chemicals shut off drinking water to about 300,000 people."

"Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the proposed rules would regulate above-ground tanks, including those near public water supplies and distribution systems.

"The discharge of chemicals or other contaminants into our water supply is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Tomblin, a Democrat, said in a joint statement with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, also a Democrat, and the heads of the state Senate and House of Delegates.

Tomblin said the legislation would in part assure that above-ground tanks were built and maintained in line with safety standards."

Ian Simpson reports for Reuters January 21, 2014.


"West Virginia Politicians Consider Chemical Regulation After Spill" (Aljazeera America)

"Half Of Americans Favor New Regulations After West Virginia Chemical Spill" (Huffington Post)

"Senate Dems Push Bill To Prevent Chemical Spills" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

Source: Reuters, 01/21/2014