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Rockefeller Applauds Legislation In Works To Address Future Disasters

Reported: Jan. 20, 2014 1:37 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jeff Morris) -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said he is pleased legislation is in the works in West Virginia so the state is better prepared to prevent and respond to a disaster of the magnitude of the water crisis.

“I’m pleased Gov. Tomblin and leaders in the state Legislature are working to address this gap by proposing important corrections and updates to state law,” Rockefeller said in a news release. “The legislation they are proposing is a step in the right direction. We are taking action at the federal level, too, including a bill I’m co-sponsoring with Senator Manchin to increase federal oversight of chemical facilities.

“The spill was a horrendous incident that has taken a physical and emotional toll on hundreds of thousands of our residents, and it has caused immeasurable damage to the Kanawha Valley’s economy. I believe the state’s bill, along with the work I'm spearheading with several colleagues in the Senate, will bring some accountability to companies that conduct business in a manner that puts West Virginians at risk.”
Tomblin said he has directed his legal team to work with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to draft legislation to prevent this type of crisis from happening again. He said he would have a bill introduced this week. The governor said the legislation empowers the DEP to implement an above ground storage tank regulatory program.



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