West Virginia legislators scale back law after spill


Jonathan Mattise
March 14, 2015 1:45AM (UTC)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a year after chemicals spilled into the drinking water for 300,000 people, state lawmakers have voted to peel back protections to prevent leaky tanks from threatening water supplies again.

The GOP-led House of Delegates on Friday supported pulling about 36,000 aboveground tanks out of a newly established state regulatory program. The Senate has approved a similar bill and the governor has indicated his support for rolling back the law.

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Proponents said the old law went too far and could hurt businesses. Opponents said the law hasn't been in effect long enough.

In January 2014, a Freedom Industries tank spilled coal-cleaning chemicals into the water supply for nine counties. Six ex-Freedom officials and the company now face federal charges.


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