West Virginia industrial groups want environmental restrictions lifted

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Months after officials approved a law to safeguard against chemical spills, West Virginia industry groups want some requirements delayed and some storage tanks exempt from more regulation.

Environmental regulators are crafting new aboveground tank oversight rules. During this month's public comment period, business, agricultural, chemical and energy interests expressed concerns about rushing. They asked about exemptions ranging from maple syrup containers to hydraulic fracturing tanks.

Some worried an Oct. 1 deadline is too soon to register many tanks. A manufacturer's group said there isn't time to require more than inspections for obvious flaws by January 2015, when initial inspections are due.

FirstEnergy Corp. raised questions about whether an annual inspection is feasible.

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

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