In response to the recent chemical spill that has (so far) affected hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents, Governor Early Ray Tomblin recently announced new proposed legislation to implement an above ground storage tank regulation program in the state. Among other actions, the legislation calls for “annual inspections [of tanks] and certifications by professional engineers and allows the Secretary of DEP to order a facility take corrective action when storing material that may impact the health and safety of West Virginians.”
On Tuesday, January 28, West Virginia International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 conducted a seminar on Industrial Paint and Coatings. Over 50 attendees comprised of industry experts, engineers, contractors and workers, who will no doubt be tasked with the inspection and maintenance of storage tanks in the state, attended.
The local media was there to cover it: