Roundup of the Week’s Activities

The LEEP (Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships) bill has been introduced in the Senate as S.B. 370, which has been assigned to the Energy, Industry and Mining Committee. We’re expecting it to be introduced in the House on Monday.  Emmett Pepper of Energy Efficient West Virginia tells you more here.

So far, the House Judiciary Committee has not yet taken up the DEP rules, which were passed by the House Energy Committee last week.

In particular, we are hoping to get some improvements to H.B. 4104, which is the vehicle for aboveground storage tank rules. WV Rivers’ talking points are here.

H.B. 4103 is the vehicle for water quality standards rules, including the weakening of standards for aluminum and selenium.  Concise talking points by WV Rivers are here.

Please contact House Judiciary members and ask them to make these important changes to protect our water!

On Thursday the House Energy Committee passed H.B. 2119, the “Intrastate Coal and Use Act.” This bill is a carryover from last year, and it removes coal that is mined and used within West Virginia from EPA oversight:  i.e., this is coal that is not involved in interstate commerce.

The committee has requested a waiver of the bill’s second reference, to Judiciary; if that’s granted it will go straight to the floor.

Also on Thursday, the Senate Energy, Industry and Mining Committee passed several DEP rules bills, but one was held over: S.B. 184, which relates to aboveground storage tank fee assessments. The committee thought the fees seemed too high, and will re-consider the bill when someone from the DEP is present to address their concerns.

Finally, don’t miss this great editorial from the Beckley Register-Herald: Ignore science? At our own risk

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