Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Tuesday reversed field and signed legislation that will require modern storage and safety standards for the oil and gas tank farm on Pickett Road in Fairfax City.
A bill to impose the standards on the TransMontaigne tank farm, the site of numerous spills and leaks over the years, was approved unanimously by the General Assembly. It would have required TransMontaigne to be compliant by 2021 — and McDonnell attempted to delete that language in a governor’s amendment last month. The legislature shot that down and sent it back to the governor for a signature or veto.
On Tuesday, according to The Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman, McDonnell approved the bill. McDonnell spokesman Jeff Caldwell said the governor chose to sign the measure after consulting with lawmakers and deciding that it was “the best opportunity to address the issues facing this community.”
Fairfax officials immediately rejoiced. State Sen. Chap Petersen, Del. David Bulova and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, all of whom live near the tank farm, all issued statements filled with joy. You can read them here.