Monday, February 3, 2014

Storage Tank Regulation Bill Passes State Senate, Faces Triple Reference In House

The West Virginia Senate has approved its version of a bill, SB 373, that relates to water resources protection and the regulation of above-ground storage tanks. This bill is in response to the tank leak/chemical spill that happened earlier this month in Charleston.  Much work has been put into this bill, and senators worked carefully to eliminate duplicative regulations before sending it to the House of Delegates.

The bill was referred to three committees in the W.Va. House of Delegates, which is an unprecedented action for a bill that is an active part of the governor’s agenda and which the governor wanted as a quick priority in the House.

House Judiciary Chairman Tim Manchin has indicated he does not believe SB 373 "goes far enough" and is expected to split it into two separate bills and remove many of the provisions that seek to prevent excess and inefficient regulation.

A public hearing on SB 373 will be held this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the House chamber.  The hearing will be streamed online at the website of the Legislature or over broadcast statewide over West Virginia Public Television.
News articles:
House Defends Triple Committee Reference of Senate's Water Bill
Senate leadership questions House Speaker's actions on chemical spill bill
Senate passes chemical storage tank bill