- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State environmental officials have released a draft rule containing specifics for a law regulating aboveground storage tanks.

The Department of Environmental Protection posted the draft online Thursday.

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

A meeting with industry groups, environmental groups and the public will occur Oct. 1. People can email or mail comments by Oct. 24.

The rule will likely be filed in December.

Last week, officials proposed a separate rule to ease initial inspections for tanks that don’t hold hazardous materials, contain less than 50,000 gallons or aren’t near water supplies. First inspections are due Jan. 1.

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Online:

View the rule: https://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/abovegroundstoragetanks/Documents/ROUGHDRAFTASTEMERGENCYRULE9182014.pdf

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