Responding to the Freedom Industries chemical spill
Comments on the DEP’s aboveground storage tank rule are due Friday, Oct 24th to WVDEPtankrules@wv.gov or by mail to:
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection – Public Information Office
AST Emergency Rule Comments
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Below are some talking points about the draft rule, provided by the WV Rivers Coalition:
1. We appreciate the expanded public input process on the aboveground storage tank (AST) rule.
2. We can support a risk-based approach to AST regulations that adequately protects human health and the environment.
3. The rule should apply to the entire AST system, including pipes and dispensing systems.
4. The AST registry should be accessible to the public.
5. The AST program should be adequately funded and staffed through AST registration fees.
6. Modify the rule to allow site-specific conditions in the AST certificate to operate, and provide opportunity for public notice and comment.
7. We support the rule’s:
8. Significantly increase the bond amounts so that they cover the potential liability that would be incurred if the AST fails. Under the current draft, the bond amount for the Freedom Industries’ 48,000-gallon MCHM tank would have been $9,600 – nowhere near the millions of dollars required to fully remediate the site and to compensate the people and businesses left without clean drinking water.