W.Va. Chemical Spill Prompts Dubious Regulatory Fixes

Law360, New York (January 21, 2014, 7:12 PM EST) -- The chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginia residents without water for days is already spurring regulatory proposals at the state and federal levels, but attorneys warn that steamrolling through hastily developed rules could leave the problem unsolved while substantially increasing costs for thousands of businesses.

Lawmakers and other elected officials are rushing to craft new policy in the wake of the spill, which occurred less than two weeks ago when the coal-processing chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked from a Freedom Industries Inc. facility near a West Virginia...
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