Member's Press Release

Release Date: 01/28/2014

Senator Beach

Statement From Senator Beach Regarding Water Quality Legislation

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Water quality issues are on everyone's mind and justly so as Charleston area residents continue to deal with the aftermath of the recent chemical spill. As such it is my desire to see that every precaution is taken to ensure that West Virginia residents have clean water for many years to come.

Beginning later this morning I will have the opportunity to vote in favor of the SB 373 the Storage Tank and Water Resources bill which will start the process of documenting the location of storage tanks and strengthen the regulating process in which Operators must conduct business and maintain tanks and containment fields.

Furthermore, and later today, I will respectfully request the WV Department of Environmental Protection remove Rules Bill SB 136, also known as the Aluminum Standards bill from consideration by the legislature. My inquires with staff counsel have indicated the WDEP may in fact remove the bill for consideration. As a document filed with the WV Secretary of States Office only the filing agency has the authority to do so.

The recent spill has caused West Virginians statewide to question the quality and security of their drinking water. Anxiety and tension among our residents remains high in the shadow of chemical leak and legislative members need to be sensitive to their concerns and as such I think it is imperative to forego any conversation that is perceived as weakening water quality here in the mountain state. Removing SB 136 from consideration will lend itself well to relieving the continued anxiety that exists among our residents.

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