Don Surber has ideas about preventing the next water disaster - follow the laws already passed.
Had public officials listened, Freedom Industries would have had to do more than simply tell the state that it was storing thousands of gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol and other chemicals; the company also would have had to have an emergency plan in case of a leak or other calamity.
Not only that, but state and county emergency planners would have had to review the plan to make sure it made sense.
Instead, the company filed some paperwork that the bureaucrats filed away someplace in the bowels of state government to give the appearance of concern about safety. Eleven months later, more than 300,000 West Virginians were lining up at the high school for a case of bottled water like Sudanese refugees.