CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia legislative committee is changing a proposal to stiffen aboveground storage tank regulations and safeguard water systems against chemical spills.
The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee introduced an amended bill Thursday to exempt tanks holding less than 1,310 gallons and facilities that mix or make chemicals.
The bill would require public water systems that take in water from lakes, rivers and streams to craft protection plans, potentially with money from state reserves.
A week before the legislative session ends, the bill has two committees to pass before a House vote. The Senate would need to agree on any House changes.
House Speaker Tim Miley said he thinks lawmakers can finish the bill by session's end.
A Jan. 9 chemical spill contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water for days.