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National Guard, Chemical Safety Board Briefs WV Lawmakers

Reported: Jan. 24, 2014 1:15 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 1:22 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) -- The National Guard and Chemical Safety Board briefed lawmakers on a special committee Friday morning.

In the Senate, the bill up for consideration that would regulate the storage of chemicals will go to second reading Monday and a likely a final vote Tuesday.

The proposal has changed from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's original proposal and a more stringent version proposed by Senate leadership. The action follows a Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries that disrupted water supplies for 300,000 people. It would require all above ground tanks -- with a few exceptions -- be tested but those within 25 miles of a water plant intake would need annual inspections plus certification from an engineer.

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer told lawmakers he expects at least one more week of testing before the chemicals that got sucked into the water system can no longer be detected. The guard has delivered 20 million bottles of bottled water in the nine-county area.

-- Photo shows member of Chemical Safety Board talking to lawmakers



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