Sustained Outrage

Bill to cap MIC storage pulled from agenda

Photo by Tom Hindman, Charleston Daily Mail, via AP

West Virginia lawmakers had been scheduled this afternoon to take up legislation that would put a stringent cap on the amount of deadly methyl isocyanate that could be stored at chemical plants across the state.

But House Health and Human Resources Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, pulled the bill from the committee’s agenda at the last minute. Committee members were told that the legislation “had not been fully vetted” and that lawmakers “did not have time to come to an informed decision” about the bill.

Of course, this bill was introduced formally only on Monday. But lawmakers from Kanawha County have been talking about it since the session started in mid-January.

The bill is aimed at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute, W.Va., which for decades has maintained a large stockpile of MIC.