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Rockefeller Says Leak Shows Need For Government Oversight

Reported: Jan. 15, 2014 4:01 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 5:39 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Heath Harrison) – U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that the lack of inspections at the Freedom Industries facility in Charleston was “simply absurd” and was a disturbing revelation about the need for government oversight of the chemical industry.

“We need better oversight and we need to act quickly,” Rockefeller said in a statement posted on his office's Facebook page. “Currently, in West Virginia, there is no requirement that chemical storage facilities, like the one owned by Freedom Industries, be inspected whatsoever. State officials have said they want to address this lack of oversight, and I’m encouraged by that.”

Rockefeller said the issue of oversight was a national problem.

“Chemical storage facilities exist in countless communities across the country,” he said. “I often hear complaints that regulations are too costly or that industries should be allowed to regulate themselves. Clearly, this approach has failed hundreds of thousands of West Virginians. I believe that the federal government must also play a role in the oversight and inspection of these facilities. I am working with my colleagues to identify ways to improve the federal government’s role in this area.”



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