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Action Alerts WVEC March 18, 2019
Tell Governor Justice: Veto SB 622 (Plus Another Shameless Appeal for Funds)
Despite the way practically every West Virginia voter, regardless of their party affiliation, feels about the state of our politics and money's role in it, West Virginia politicians charged ahead with SB 622 — the bill no one asked for. More
Issues: Clean elections
Action Alerts WVEC March 6, 2019
What Do We Want? Democracy! When Do We Want It? Now!
But some members of the WV Legislature have other ideas. The House of Delegates is set to vote on a major campaign finance overhaul bill that would allow even more big money into a system that already favors the wealthy and special interests. More
Issues: Clean elections
Action Alerts WVEC March 6, 2019
Urgent: Call Your Senators to Oppose Tax Cut for Coal Industry
Today at 3PM, the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take up a severance tax cut for the coal industry, a expensive proposal that will do little to nothing to create jobs while taking money from our schools, colleges, and communities. More
Issues: Coal
Action Alerts WVEC March 3, 2019
SB 163 fails to protect West Virginians with the best science
Late Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed out the water quality standards rule (SB 163) without updates to human health protections. Delegate Barbara Fleischauer put forth a valiant effort to present and pass an amendment to include the updated protections, but it was voted down on a divided voice vote. That amendment was co-sponsored by Delegates Sammi Brown and Mike Pushkin – thank you to these clean water champions! More
Issues: Water
Legislative Updates WVEC March 2, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 8
We made it through Crossover Day and with just eight days left to go, we’re down to just a few bills left to monitor! Here is a rundown of our remaining bills and where they are currently located. More
Issues: CoalLoggingOil and gasState parksWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 22, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 7
Senate Democrats fought twice in as many days to protect public lands in West Virginia. After public outcry killed a bill last year that would have allowed logging in state parks, we were wondering when we’d see bills this session that would be introduced that might have the same effects–or worse. More
Issues: CoalLoggingWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 20, 2019
Take Action to Update Human Health Protection in WV’s Water Quality Standards – SB 163
Water quality and the rules that govern it have become a focus of the 2019 legislative session. One of the most controversial and contentious bills this session deals with outdated human health protections in West Virginia’s water quality standards. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 18, 2019
Take Action on PPAs
Our lawmakers have a no-cost way to empower more West Virginians to benefit from affordable distributed energy. Current law forbids us from entering into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to buy energy from renewable or alternative energy resources. Legalizing these agreements will help West Virginia communities, families, businesses, and nonprofits. More
Issues: EnergyRenewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC February 15, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 6
West Virginia Environmental Council GREEN Legislative Update   View / Comment Online  Donate    Click an article title or thumbnail image to read the full article (text below is only an excerpt). More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClean electionsEnergyOrphaned wellsRecycling
Action Alerts WVEC February 14, 2019
Water Policy News: Water Protection Bill Sent to House, Tracking Water Policy
Last week the West Virginia Senate voted to pass the water quality standards rule (SB 163) without updated protections for drinking water. The 20-12 vote advances the rule to the House. Thank you to the 12 Senators that voted no on the bill. More
Issues: PollutionWater