CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate plans to vote on whether to impose stronger regulations on above-ground storage tanks after a recent chemical spill in Charleston.
The proposal would require registrations and inspections for most surface-level storage units. Some exemptions exist for farms, water storage, propane and personal-sized tanks, stormwater and wastewater systems and other categories.
If the Senate passes the measure Tuesday, it would go to the House of Delegates.
The bill by Majority Leader John Unger responds to the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill, which contaminated 300,000 people's drinking water for days.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is pushing a separate bill to regulate industrial storage facilities.
Unger has criticized the governor's bill for extending regulation only to facilities that could threaten public water systems.