Just last week, the TransMontaigne tank farm on Pickett Road in Fairfax City was fined $114,000 for its various spills and overflows. It had a gigantic oil dump in 1990. But an attempt by Virginia legislators to get the tank farm to simply meet modern storage standards was deleted Tuesday by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The text of the bill, which passed both houses of the General Assembly, says this:
“For aboveground storage tanks at facilities with an aggregate capacity of one million gallons or greater existing prior to January 29, 1992, and located in the City of Fairfax, the Board shall establish performance standards for operators to bring aboveground storage tanks into substantial conformance ...no later than July 1, 2021.”
In ten years! And McDonnell deleted it!
The Post’s Roz Helderman has the full story with comments from both sides.
UPDATE, Thursday morning: The General Assembly on Wednesday rejected McDonnell’s “amendment” to the legislation. Now the bill, as unanimously approved by both houses, goes to the governor’s desk with the Fairfax City tank farm still specifically targeted. McDonnell can either sign or veto. We’ll see.