Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 21, 2014

Manchin announces plan to introduce federal drinking water protection act

PRINCETON — When Congress reconvenes on Monday, a bill addressing incidents like the recent chemical spill in Charleston will be introduced, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said today.

Manchin was at a meeting with the public at the Mercer County Courthouse Annex when he spoke of the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014. The bill will build on existing water protection plans and establish minimum standards for chemical facilities subject to a state program.

This includes instruction standards, leak detection and overfill requirements, and emergency response and communication plans.

The facilities identified in drinking water protection plans would be inspected every three years, and all other facilities inspected every five years, Manchin said.

Manchin said he will co-sponsor the measure with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

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