- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State officials are holding a hearing on a proposed rule that regulates aboveground storage tanks.

The meeting will take place at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Charleston headquarters 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will also close a comment period on the proposed rule aiming to prevent chemical spills and water contamination.

The rule is part of a law reacting to a massive chemical spill last January. The incident spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days. The law includes new tank registrations, inspections and requirements.

The rule covers many regulatory specifics, ranging from exemptions to who can perform inspections.

The first annual tank inspections were due New Year’s Day. Operators of about 20,000 tanks missed that deadline.

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