Senate Democrats voted 51-46 on Tuesday to approve legislation to allow states to require that manufacturers use heat-resistant plastic to prevent water-damaging spills.
The bill was introduced by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, and will be considered by the Senate this week.
“This is the right thing to do for the environment,” Cantwell said.
“It’s not the right answer for the climate, but we know it’s the right approach to help us keep the public safe.”
The legislation, which was passed on a party-line vote, would require manufacturers to use a “bump” in the roadway to prevent spills from occurring, instead of the standard “one-way road.”
That bump is used to help prevent water from seeping into the roadway and creating a dangerous spillway, or “bully wall.”
Manufacturers can be fined up to $500,000 per spill if they do not comply with the requirement.
The bump is intended to help manufacturers make sure spills are not being caused by water.
The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 52-46 and will now go to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.