- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State environmental officials will hold a public meeting to discuss a draft rule to loosen some inspection requirements on aboveground storage tanks.

The meeting will be Thursday evening at the Department of Environmental Protection in Kanawha City.

The rule would ease initial inspections for tanks that don’t hold hazardous materials, contain less than 50,000 gallons or aren’t near water supplies. It’s part of a new law regulating aboveground tanks. First inspections are due Jan. 1.

The law reacts to a January chemical spill that contaminated 300,000 people’s tap water for days. It includes new tank registrations, inspections and requirements. Proposed agency rules spell out many specifics.

The rule would expire in June or when it’s replaced with something more comprehensive.

A separate rule with more specifics has also been drafted.

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