Officials in West Virginia, US, have introduced a new bill for consideration in direct response to the recent leak emergency that has impacted 300,000 residents in nine of the state's counties.
The bill would empower the Division of Environmental Protection to create an above ground storage tank regulatory programme, requiring them to be constructed and maintained safely.
It would also require companies to give public notice on the location of tanks and disclose their contents so any potential hazards to the water supply can be identified.
Earlier this month, a tank owned by Freedom Industries containing 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) ruptured and spilled approximately 7,500 gallons of the chemical, contaminating water distributed by West Virginia American Water Company.
A requirement for water utilities to have contingency plans in place to prepare for any future emergencies is also included in the bill.
Freedom Industries was ordered to shut down as a result of the incident.
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