Boehner says W. Va. chemical spill is no cause for new regulations


THIS should come as no surprise:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) doesn’t believe the GOP should reconsider its deregulation agenda after a massive, coal-linked chemical spill left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without tap water at a site state regulators last fully inspected in 1991.

“We have enough regulations on the books. What the administration ought to be doing is their jobs,” Boehner said at a weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

While Boehner said that somebody ought to be held accountable for the failure in oversight, the Speaker explained his party was focused on eliminating “cumbersome, over-the-top” regulations that were “costing the American people jobs.”

The site’s tanks, owned by Freedom Industries, don’t fall under an inspection program and the chemicals stored there weren’t considered hazardous enough to require permits before they leaked into the Elk River nearby.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told CNN he was considering tightening the state’s regulations in response to the spill.

“We need to do what we can to see that this kind of incident never happens again. There’s no excuse for it,” he said.



  1. I have to agree with Boehner. Why do we need new regulations? If there wasn’t a full inspection in over 20 years, then isn’t the problem not enough inspections?

    • dean morse

      Well, How do you feel about clean drinking water? Regulations are designed to protect the water supply. After what occurred, how can you be so blasé’? Boehner could not care less, his only interest is in protecting his corporate financial base.

  2. Steverino

    If it was up to Boehner smoking would be back in fashion at the local bars and restaurants.

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