About WVEC

The West Virginia Environmental Council
An Effective Voice at the Legislature Since 1989

Who Are We?

The mission of the West Virginia Environmental Council is to facilitate communication and cooperation among citizens in promoting environmental protection in West Virginia, to assist in organizing grass roots groups, to facilitate interaction among established environmental organizations, and to correspond with all appropriate local, state, and federal agencies involved in the management of West Virginia’s environment.

In our legislative efforts we work closely with our member organizations.  Sometimes we take the lead on issues.  At other times they take the lead, and we assist in the background. We always acknowledge the efforts of our member groups in our G.R.E.E.N. Newsletter and our Legislative Updates.

Click here for a historical list of WVEC E-Day! Award Recipients

A Few Proud Accomplishments

Legislative Accomplishments:
Referendum on Class A Landfill Sitings . . . 1990
Groundwater Protection Act . . . 1991
BRC Nuclear Waste Ban . . . 1991
Banning Commercial Medical Waste Incineration . . . 1991
Comprehensive Solid Waste Act . . . 1991
Hazardous Waste Siting Law . . . 1992
Rails-to-Trails Enabling Law . . . 1992
Sewage Sludge Regulation . . . 1993
Banning Commercial Solid Waste Incineration . . . 1993
Off-Road Vehicles Regulation . . . 1993/94
“Cancer Creek” Dioxin Standards . . . 1993/94
Creation of DEP Environmental Advocate . . . 1994
Interim Non-game, Natural Heritage Funding . . . 1994/95/96
Campaign Finance Reform . . . 1995
School Pesticide Act . . . 1995
Permanent Non-game Program Funding . . . 1995
Banning Nuclear Power Plants . . . 1996
Quarrying Regulations . . . 2000
Kanawha State Forest Bill . . . 2000
Farmland Preservation Act . . . 2000
Anti-Litter Bill . . . 2001
Industrial Hemp Bill . . . 2002
Farmland Preservation Funding . . . 2002
“Turn It Off” School Bus Idling Bill . . . 2003
Water Resources Protection Act (Water Quantity) . . . 2004
Amended Mercury Air Rule to Require DEP/DHHR Study . . . 2006
Introduced “Public Health Impact Assessments” Bill . . . 2006 – 2012
Introduced Sludge Safety Bill . . . 2006
SCR 15, WVEC Requiring DEP and DHHR Study Coal Slurry Injection . . . 2007
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Bill . . . 2007
Protections in State Forests from Oil and Gas Drilling . . . 2007
Antidegradation Implementation Rule (Water Quality) . . . 2008
Amendments to Water Resources Protection Act (Water Quantity) . . . 2008
DNR Rules on Drilling in State Forests . . . 2008
Introduced SB 588 to Outlaw “Valley Fills” . . . 2008
Voluntary Rural and Outdoor Heritage Conservation Act . . . 2008
Solar Energy Tax Credit . . . 2009
Requiring State Fire Commission Update State Building Code . . . 2009
PSC Rules On High Voltage Transmission Lines . . . 2010
DEP Oil and Gas Well Drilling Rule . . . 2010
Supreme Court Public Financing Pilot Project Act . . . 2010
Prohibiting Disposal of Electronic Devices in Landfills . . . 2010
Upgrading Chesapeake Bay Wastewater Treatment Plants . . . 2011
Horizontal Well Control Act . . . 2011 Special Session
Green Buildings Act . . . 2012
Increasing the Special Reclamation Tax on Coal . . . 2012
Limiting Restrictions Against Solar Panel Installation . . . 2012

Some of the Bad Legislation We Have Helped Stop:
Stopped Self-Audit Privilege (“Dirty Secrets”) . . . 1995/96/97
Stopped “Flood Thy Neighbor” Dredging Bill . . . 1996/97/2003
Stopped Coal Industry “Valley Fill” Bill . . . 2004/05/06
Stopped “Anti-Wilderness” Resolutions . . . 2005/06/07
Stopped Repeal of WV Nuclear Power Ban . . . 2009/10
Stopped Bill Limiting Land Development Ordinances . . . 2009/10
Stopped Transmission Line Tax . . . 2009
Stopped Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act . . . 2009
Stopped Transmission Line Tax . . . 2009
Stopped AEP Debt Relief Bonds from Applying to Future Debt . . . 2012

Some of the Bad Projects We Have Helped Defeat:
Wallback Medical Waste Incinerator . . . 1990
Barbour County Mega Landfill . . . 1990
Kanawha County Mega Landfill . . . 1991
Webster County Mega Landfill . . . 1991
Jane Lew Medical Waste Incinerator . . .1991
Rhone-Polanc Chemical Landfill . . . 1992
DuPont Hazardous Waste Landfill . . . 1992
McDowell County Mega Landfill . . . 1993/2008
Marion County Sewage Sludge Proposal . . . 1994
PATH Transmission Line . . . 2009/2010

Other Accomplishments:
Winner of US EPA Environmental Learning Award . . . 1990
Created North Charleston Passive Park . . . 1996
Net Metering Adopted by WV Public Service Commission . . . 2007
WVEC Introduces “Citizens’ Energy Plan” . . . 2008

Programs and Services:
Comprehensive Statewide Policy Creation and Coordination
Coordination of Responses to Environmental Policies
Legislative Presence
Lending Statewide Support to Local Issues
Information Source for Current Events and Issues
G.R.E.E.N. (Grass Roots Environmental Effort Newsletter) – Subscribe now
Legislative Update – Subscribe now

Events:
E-Day! During the Legislative Session
Annual Legislative “Kick Off” Blast
Annual Retreat Each June
Annual Convention Each Fall
Mother Jones and Other Environmental Awards Ceremony

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Updated: January 11, 2017 — 8:05 am