(Tyler Hammel, Capital News Service) http://www.localkicks.com/politics/down_in_richmond/panel-amends-and-oks-bills-on-chemicals-used-in-fracking
SB1291 and SB1292 have passed a senate subcommittee and now move to (according to Richmond Sunlight, the LIS has not updated to reflect this schedule):
Senate General Laws and Technology committee on 01/30/2017. It meets on Monday, 45 minutes after adjournment—Senate Room A.
However, it did get tagged with an amendment that makes it a little bit more palatable (*Note: This comes from the article. At this time the LIS system has not updated either bill to show any amendments.)
The original bill allowed the chemicals to be revealed to first responders in the event of an emergency. However, opponents of the bill said that notification wouldn’t give first responders enough time to respond during a crisis.
An amendment proposed by Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, and approved by the Senate General Laws subcommittee added the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and local and regional health directors to the list of those to be consulted about the chemicals.
DeSteph said the amendment was intended to keep water in his region of Virginia Beach safe from pollution and keep citizens safe.
“I wish no ill will to your bill, I just think the Health Department should know,” DeSteph told Chafin. “If you think that’s unreasonable, then I’m going to have a problem with your bill.”
Senator DeSteph’s amendment may be only one of many that should be applied. But, it is an important one. Might be nice to encourage him!
Make your phone calls, emails, and face to face contacts with your Senators and those on the committee now!