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    West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) -- It sounds like a dangerous combination: massive tanks holding chemicals near a major water supply.
    That was the setup in West Virginia last week when a chemical spill contaminated a river supplying water to hundreds of thousands of people. Officials say there wasn't much regulation at the site where the spill occurred and that little is known about the chemical that leaked.

    Now, state officials say they're considering increasing oversight.
    A town of 300,000 people without potable drinking water for days is a pretty major screwup. Although I do have a somewhat strong Libertarian streak in many areas, government regulation is not one of them. We need regulation. Why? Because of the human nature that drives many companies to dangerously cut corners in order to make a buck. In fairness to Freedom Industries, the owner of this facility, they had just bought the property a few months before this happened. However, although the facility had been inspected as recently as 2012, that tank that leaked the pollutants into this town's water supply had not been inspected since 1991. That is unacceptable. Although there is a lot to be said for Libertarianism, the same cannot be said of the extremist Randist and Anarcho-Capitalist branches of it, which advocate no regulation at all. This spill is the poster boy for why we DO need government regulation.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    I have no problem with that type of regulation. What I do have a problem with is government regulations which prevent competition in the marketplace, and manipulate supply and demand.
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    Officials say there wasn't much regulation at the site
    I think the author meant to say "there wasn't much enforcement". To somehow think that the EPA and regulations ceased to exist around a specific site is idiotic.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    I think the author meant to say "there wasn't much enforcement". To somehow think that the EPA and regulations ceased to exist around a specific site is idiotic.
    Yes, that is clearly the intention of the statement.

    Although I'd personally characterize it as there has been no enforcement.
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Yes, that is clearly the intention of the statement.

    Although I'd personally characterize it as there has been no enforcement.
    I tried to follow up with the article in depth to see what limited enforcement took place, and found that the article doesn't match the quote, so who knows who wrote it.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    There should be more regulation designed to protect the Earth. I dont really get why this is not a platform of every party. We all need the planet.
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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    There already is a ton of regulation to protect the planet. The problem is enforcement, not a lack of regulation.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    It was worse than having no potable water...you couldn't be exposed to it.

    What it did do is show they had no backup plan. When FEMA has to show up to distribute water, there's a major deficiency.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    IF one gets out in those markets they will find many chemical plant facilities are close or on large waterways. They will also find the EPA will people assigned to those areas where there are several in a small area. Calvert City, KY is one area that comes to mind. The polpulation is probably under 5k and there is something like 8-9 chemical companies there all close to the Tennessee River.

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    Re: West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I have no problem with that type of regulation.
    I have trouble believing that the majority of today's libertarians and conservatives believe that.

    Otherwise, our waters, skies, food, and so many other basic commodities would be much safer for humans.
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