- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board has upheld decisions by state regulators regarding which chemical storage tanks would be covered by new safety standards passed to try to prevent a repeat of a massive 2014 spill that fouled a drinking water supply.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/1qTUJLN ) reports that board members said in an order Tuesday that the state Department of Environmental Protection had legal authority to make the designations.

Attorneys for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and three related companies, C.I. McKown and Son Inc.; Pocono Energy Corp.; and Tempest Energy Corp., had appealed the designations.

The new safety standards were passed after a tank at Freedom Industries in Charleston leaked chemicals into the drinking water supply for 300,000 people in January 2014.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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