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W.Va. Panel Studying Law to Protect Water Supplies

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  A West Virginia panel is starting to review a widespanning state law to protect drinking water supplies.

On Monday, the Public Water System Supply Study Commission held its first meeting. The 12-member group has to submit reports on the new law to a joint legislative committee by Dec. 15 annually, starting this year.

The committee will include six subgroups. Study topics include source water protection plans, the effect of the new law, funding options to help provide alternative water sources and recommendations for infrastructure improvements.

One group will look at federal Chemical Safety Board suggestions to prevent chemical disasters. A 2008 Bayer CropScience explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others prompted the recommendations.

The law responds to a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's water for days.

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