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Sen. Manchin visits Southern WV, talks new legislation over chem. spill

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PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- Senator Joe Manchin visited our region Tuesday.

It was part of a tour of Mercer County, where he held public town hall meetings and met with community organizations.

The day's events were a chance for the Senator to connect with West Virginians and gauge their opinions about important issues affecting our nation.

He says he will keep their ideas in mind when he heads back to Washington.

Senator Manchin also discussed the "Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014"-- a new bill he is co-sponsoring to increase regulation of above-ground chemical storage tanks like the one that recently leaked in Charleston.

"Just because they're not labeled as hazardous or toxic or lethal, [are they] out of sight out of mind?" he said to the crowd gathered at the town hall meeting.  "That's how we've been operating. But now, we're putting basic guidelines on the federal end of it, that every state has to go out and do. And it gives them the authority and the backing to go out and do what needs to be done."

This bill establishes state programs to oversee, and inspect, chemical facilities that threaten drinking water.

It also sets standards and inspection requirements, ensures information-sharing between water companies and chemical facilities, and allows drinking water systems to act in emergency situations to stop immediate threats. 

Senator Manchin tells WVVA he plans to introduce that legislation next Monday.

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