Above Ground Storage Tanks

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill that would scale back the Above Ground Storage Tank Act and lessen the number of tanks under state scrutiny.

The 2014 law was approved after a chemical leak tainted the drinking water supply for 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley.

House Approves Aboveground Storage Tank Bill

Mar 13, 2015
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House lawmakers have approved a push to scale back a law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks.

A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the law.

Rollbacks for Storage Tanks Move Through Legislature

Mar 12, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, We bring you the latest developments from the House as well as an update on the rollback of regulations for above-ground storage tanks that were a result of the chemical spill last year.

Bill Hughes

A bill to roll back regulations of storage tanks is making its way through the legislature. This week the House Judiciary Committee passed a version of Senate Bill 423 by a narrow vote of 13 to 12 without making any significant changes to the proposed legislation.


Prevailing Wage Issue Approved by Delegates

Mar 2, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we bring you the latest on the delegates' approval of the scaling back of the prevailing wage, and the above-ground storage tank regulations.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers have taken their first action to scale back a wide-ranging law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks.

A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the law.

A Senate committee passed an amended bill Tuesday to deregulate about 36,000 aboveground storage tanks from the new law.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Groups lobbying for strong regulations to protect that state’s water resources gathered at the Capitol Monday to tell lawmakers not to pass a bill they say will gut the above ground storage tank legislation passed last year.

The West Virginia Safe Water Roundtable, comprised of multiple citizen action groups and affiliated with the Our Children, Our Future Campaign, spoke out against House Bill 2574.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State environmental regulators say the highest-risk aboveground storage tanks could face a $375 annual fee in a law to protect water supplies.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman made the comments to a state Senate budget panel Monday. The fees aren't finalized.

Out of more than 48,000 tanks registered under the law, Huffman said almost 3,800 near a water supply and 3,700 others considered high-risk could face the $375 annual per-tank fee.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A new report says drinking water sources in West Virginia are at risk of contamination from thousands of aboveground storage tanks.

The report says the greatest risk is posed by 3,167 tanks near and upstream from surface drinking water intakes. A 2014 state law requires extra safeguards for tanks in these areas.

AP

  State officials haven't received inspection certifications for 20,000 of 49,000 aboveground tanks due New Year's Day.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it's also determining what's wrong with 80 specific tanks.

Inspections deemed the still-operating tanks unfit for use. They contain hazardous substances, are near water supplies, or both.

AP

The deadline is approaching to submit aboveground storage tank inspections required by a new state law to protect public water supplies.

Freedom Industries
AP

State regulators are taking public comment and holding a hearing on a proposed rule that regulates aboveground storage tanks.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

After a chemical spill contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians, state lawmakers passed a bill to regulate above ground storage tanks in the hopes of preventing it from happening again. Just a few weeks ago, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection released some guidelines for tank owners on how to interpret that law until their inspection program is finalized later this year. The DEP held an informational meeting in Martinsburg yesterday to hear the concerns of tank owners and collect comments on their new program.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, owners of above ground storage tanks in the Eastern Panhandle learn more about registration and inspection rules from officials of the DEP last night in Martinsburg.  We’ll have a report.  And Umphrey's McGee is along with the Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

AP

  State environmental officials have tallied more than 45,500 aboveground storage tanks as a deadline passed to register them.

Officials say they're still registering thousands more.

In Charleston on Wednesday, tank owners questioned the state Department of Environmental Protection about upcoming steps. DEP's stakeholder meeting is covering proposed rules for a new law regulating aboveground tanks.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State regulators are expecting a deluge of last-minute above-ground storage tank registrations.

A new state law requires owners to register above-ground storage tanks by Oct. 1. State officials estimate up to 80,000 tanks could meet the law's registration requirements.

Freedom Industries
AP

State environmental regulators are asking the public to be involved  in the rule-making process for the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Program. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection released a rough draft of the program’s emergency rule to get feedback on ways to make it as thorough and effective as possible.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the legislature’s interim meetings.  Ashton Marra on the new rule about certification and inspections of above ground storage tanks.  And Dave Mistich on what the state’s craft brewers are seeking from lawmakers.

AP

When the legislature passed Senate Bill 373, they mandated the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection create a program to register and inspect all above ground storage tanks, something the state had never done before.

The bill came in response to January's chemical spill in Charleston that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days, but for months storage tanks owners have been left with only some vague guidelines about having their tanks registered and inspected by the dates mandated in law. 

Freedom Industries
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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is planning administrative fixes instead of a special session to adjust a law regulating aboveground storage tanks.

Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman says the governor won't call a special session, as legislative leaders had urged. Lawmakers are already in Charleston this week for interim committee meetings.

Stadelman says the administration plans to put a higher priority on inspections for tanks near water supplies. He says tanks holding hazardous materials will also take priority.

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