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Leaders Act On Chemical Spill

Governor, senator propose new regulations

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen....

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dyingov

Jan-21-14 10:48 PM

Goosy, They are all "grand standing" politicians! Booth Goodwin was appointed by Nomoma and is cousin to Carte Goodwin who was appointed by Mojo as place holder of the US Senate seat vacated by Byrd. Carte's wife works for US Senator Jrock and his Uncle Joe is the Chief Justice in WV Southern District!

Just good ole politics going to "save" you! Never mind that this same D political machine Mojo, Earl Ray and the boys were told 3 years ago that the "Chemical Valley" needed better enforcement or something "bad" was going to happen. Well it happened.....

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TrollSlayer

Jan-21-14 10:36 PM

It seems the US EPA and the WV DEP had a perception problem, too. As in, it's hard to perceive problems if you don't do any inspections for 20 years.

Wonder what political party has run the US EPA and the WV DEP for decades? Yeah, Goosy, that's a perception problem for you. LOL

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Gooseman

Jan-21-14 10:25 PM

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The company behind West Virginia's chemical spill is in a "death spiral" spurred by a "perception problem." Freedom Industries President Gary Southern made the assertion in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday. His company wants up to $5 million in credit to continue operations. The company wants to use a lender run by an executive in charge of Freedom Industries' parent company. After four hours of testimony and cross-examination, Chief Judge Ronald G. Pearson suggested having Freedom use $5 million of its own money from a $20 million merger Dec. 31."

A "perception problem"? Guess not having water to drink, bathe or cook is also a "perception problem".

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Gooseman

Jan-21-14 10:23 PM

Our drinking water is not something you can take chances with, and this mess can never be allowed to happen again."

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Gooseman

Jan-21-14 10:23 PM

On Monday, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin issued a second statement, repeating his promise of a criminal investigation, and said the probe would include issues about the company's compliance with chemical accident reporting laws.

"As the immediate water crisis begins to ease and West Virginians regain access to drinkable water, I want to make three things clear," Goodwin said.

"One, my office will continue working as quickly as possible to find out exactly what happened here, including the complete timeline of the release and what was done -- or not done -- before and after it," he said. "Two, if our investigation reveals that federal criminal laws were violated, we will move rapidly to hold the wrongdoers accountable. And three, companies whose facilities could affect the public water supply should be on notice: If you break federal environmental laws, you will be prosecuted. Our drinking water is not something you can take chances with, and this mess can neve

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Gooseman

Jan-21-14 10:23 PM

Shame this article doesn't mention the real and only leaders managing this disaster. A US Attorney and a judge.

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VincentVega

Jan-21-14 4:45 PM

Millard's Brother!

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VincentVega

Jan-21-14 4:42 PM

McKinley will go down as the Willard Filmore of Congress. He is clueless as a legislator and shameless as a representative.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-21-14 11:05 AM

Clueless, were you Big Government Demorats gouging those poor people a buck for a 16 ounce bottle of water? Because many conservative capitalists were trucking 16.9 ounce bottles of water there at their own expense and giving them away for free...

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GETACLUE

Jan-21-14 10:53 AM

"Still waiting to hear what actual damages people suffered other than drinking Perrier for a few days??"..... Maybe you should ask the restauranteur that had to close his business for a week if he suffered any loss. Or you could just ask any resident that had to switch from paying pennies for a gallon of tap water to paying a dollar for a 16oz bottle of water if they suffered any loss.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-21-14 10:42 AM

Was it incompetent, greedy, domestic terrorist energy producers and manufacturers, or was it just total lack of any US Environmental Protection Agency and WV Department of Environmental Protection inspections, monitoring, or oversight that killed all those people in Charleston? What difference, at this point, does it make?

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mkhunt

Jan-21-14 10:36 AM

it is not the tanks. it is the toxic chemicals...the chemicals must be regulated and taken out of the hands of incompetent, greedy, domestic terrorists who have killed people from coast to coast over the years. dumps and dumping as well as drilling and manufacturing. make 2014 the year of judgement and accountability. yes these companies are willing to take risks..with the lives of entire communities.

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daWraith

Jan-21-14 9:53 AM

MinisculeReputation ..says the guy who lives in the state with the highest rate of mental problems, highest rate of depression, lowest rate of health in the nation.

Guess Fracke is California Dreaming again.

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LogHog

Jan-21-14 8:31 AM

Choking, I agree ... also, no new laws are needed... how about enforcing the ones we have... above ground Storage tanks are already required to have a*****around it for the possible event of tank leakage...why did this spill happen. simple. Some people just don't give a crap, what they do or don't do. Hard to make laws to correct that.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-21-14 8:17 AM

Clueless, WV Demorat Rahall ALSO VOTED YES ON THAT BILL. Guess you missed that. LOL

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RockEReputation

Jan-21-14 8:05 AM

"Still waiting to hear what actual damages people suffered"

Fewer damages than in California where you only enjoy access to 18 psychiatric beds per 100k residents.

Me thinks you'd fair better in the wraiffabego in Mississippi where there's 52 per.

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daWraith

Jan-21-14 7:51 AM

WAAAAAH! NO Deep pockets to sue!!!

WAAAAAH! Nobody won on the lottery on this !

WAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

Still waiting to hear what actual damages people suffered other than drinking Perrier for a few days??

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mikeyd

Jan-21-14 7:48 AM

it's funny when the government has to admit that it dropped the ball.inspect these places.

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RockEReputation

Jan-21-14 7:36 AM

Firstly, it would be nice if this article’s factual “it was NOT subject to environmental regulations” could be the ultimatum for those whining “why wasn’t the WVDEP doing their job?”

But for a political party that would sell its collective environmental soul at the gates of Hades for a cheeseburger with everything, small chance.

What with Boehner’s “enough wiff da regulations, already…..just do your freakin’ job” obstruction

(..oh wait, BEFORE HE KNEW)

…in bonerland WV can just sink to being WV “Open to Wild Business..and hey, we’ll entertain reasonable offers on our 50 state parks too!

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WVUGEO

Jan-21-14 7:32 AM

We've seen the WV DEP regs concerning chemical tanks. Although the DEP is trying to deflect responsibility by claiming the guidelines don't apply to tank farms where chemicals are just "stored", as opposed to being "processed", and are as well making distinctions between above- and below-ground tanks, that's not really how the statutes read. The regulations are likely strong enough as they are. They just weren't enforced.

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dyingov

Jan-21-14 7:31 AM

clueless, This is how your Democrat state peeps reacted 3 years ago!

"The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Sunday that a team of experts from the United States Chemical Safety Board asked the state three years ago to create a new program to prevent accidents and releases in the Kanawha Valley, known as Chemical Valley.

That came after investigation of the August 2008 explosion and fire that killed two workers at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute, W.Va. No program was produced, and another team from the same board is expected to arrive Monday to investigate this accident.

Critics say the problems are widespread in a state where the coal and chemical industries, which drive much of West Virginia’s economy and are powerful forces in the state’s politics, have long pushed back against tight federal health, safety and environmental controls."

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dyingov

Jan-21-14 7:29 AM

In the article they claim that above ground tanks are not regulated!

Yet the state DEP made visits: (for sheeples sake) "Below-ground tanks storing chemicals face environmental regulations, but ones above the surface fall into a regulatory loophole, officials have said. The department made several routine visits to the Charleston site between 2002 and 2012, but found no violations."

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GETACLUE

Jan-21-14 7:22 AM

On the very day of the spill WV REPUBLICANS Shelly Capito and David McKinley were VOTING YES ON A BILL TO RELAX ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ON PRIVATE INDUSTRY.

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wvhoopie

Jan-21-14 6:28 AM

So how will this turnout? Will people be more concerned with human life or more concerned that regulation is killing business? Something tells me in WV that business trumps human beings.

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