by Angela Logomasini
Competitive Enterprise Institute
February 18, 2014
The January 9, 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia affected 300,000 residents. Some environmental groups have taken this opportunity to incite fear, propagating misinformation to pressure lawmakers into action. However, contrary to what Americans hear after such chemical spills, there are plenty of chemical laws and regulations on the books, but West Virginia state and local communities have not implemented them well. Unfortunately, adding a new layer of regulation on top of what we have, isn’t likely to fix the problem. Rather, we need to investigate where officials failed to employ emergency planning measures so that they can minimize the probability of future accidents.