Vote Could Come Today on Water Safety Bill

A bill strengthening chemical spill safeguards for storage facilities and public water companies is headed to the House of Delegates floor. Under the bill, most above ground tanks holding more than 1,320 gallons would face yearly inspections. About 150 public water systems would have to spell out protection plans. The committee also stripped a requirement that West Virginia American Water implement an early warning monitoring system. The company said it could have cost millions of dollars. The bill also no longer requires a long-term health monitoring program. The proposal will get a vote today on the House Floor, and then the Senate and House would need to compromise on the final bill.