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WV Chemical Spill Bill Moves To House Floor

Reported: Mar. 4, 2014 8:52 AM EST
Updated: Mar. 4, 2014 6:10 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (AP, Bob Aaron) -- A bill strengthening chemical spill safeguards for storage facilities and public water companies is headed to the House of Delegates floor.

The amended proposal responding to the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.

Under the bill, most above ground tanks holding more than 1,320 gallons would face yearly inspections. About 150 public water systems would have to spell out protection plans.

The committee also stripped a requirement that West Virginia American Water implement an early warning monitoring system. The company said it could have cost millions of dollars.

The bill also no longer requires a long-term health monitoring program.

The proposal hit the House floor Tuesday and likely will get a vote by Friday. It's next appearance will be at the amendment stage prior to third reading.

The Senate and House would need to compromise on the final bill.

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