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McDonnell to Fairfax City: Enjoy your gas and oil spills (UPDATE: Legislators reject amendment)

“What’s so wrong with the occasional massive gasoline spill in a residential neighborhood?” (Steve Helber)

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 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.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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