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Tomblin Signs Above Ground Storage Tank Regulation Bill

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 3:14 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 8:15 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill Tuesday that outlines a regulatory structure to ensure all above ground storage tanks are meeting standards to ensure tank integrity.

“The Elk River chemical spill has made us all – in our communities and across our nation – take a closer look at our infrastructure, especially in areas of critical concern around our waterways,” Tomblin said in a prepared statement. “I applaud the hard work of our Legislature on the development of this bill. Together, we passed this very important piece of legislation with all West Virginians in mind.”

Under the bill, all above ground storage tanks in areas of critical concern must be registered with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and be subject to annual inspection by the DEP and independent engineers.

Senate Bill 373 also requires the Bureau for Public Health to work with federal agencies in gathering medical information to assess potential long-term effects associated with the Jan. 9 spill.

West Virginia American Water is required under the bill to install an early monitoring system at its Elk River plant. All water utilities would be required to have a written source water protection place in place to prepare for emergencies.



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