Senate panel passes chemical safety bill

Senate panel passes chemical safety bill
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A Senate panel passed a bill aimed at preventing chemical spills Thursday, which a group of Senate Democrats proposed in response to the West Virginia leak earlier this year.

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After working across party lines, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act.

Co-sponsored by Democratic Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE (Calif.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDems struggle with abortion litmus test Senators push 'cost-effective' reg reform Congress nears deal on help for miners MORE (W.Va.) and Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (W.Va.), the bill affords states additional oversight power of chemical facilities like the Freedom Industries facility along Elk River, which spilled a coal-cleaning contaminant in January.

The spill left 300,000 residents without clean water for several days.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), ranking member on the committee, supported the bill after working with Boxer to address Republicans' concerns.