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Above Ground Storage Tank Public Hearing Set for Thursday

Department of Environmental Protection

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a public hearing Thursday evening on the  draft interpretive rule for the Aboveground Storage Tank Program.

The new program is a requirement of Senate Bill 373, which passed the West Virginia Legislature in March after the January 9th chemical spill in Charleston contaminated drinking water.

All tanks in West Virginia that have the capacity to hold 1,320 gallons or more of liquid, are 90 percent or more above ground and are at a fixed location for at least 60 days are subject to regulation under the program.

The draft interpretive rule details the DEP’s plan to classify tanks into three risk categories based on contents, location and size. It also provides guidance to tank owners on the requirements for spill prevention response plans, which are to be submitted by Dec. 3, and tank certifications, which are due Jan. 1.

The comment period on the draft interpretive rule ends at the conclusion of the hearing, which is being held at the DEP’s Kanawha City headquarters in Charleston at 6:30 Thursday evening.

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