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Legislative Updates WVEC March 1, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 8
Welcome to our last newsletter of the 2024 Legislative Session. Stay tuned for any final action alerts next week, and please see the several actions below you can take now! More
Issues: HealthLandowner rightsLegislationPollutionPublic lands
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 1, 2024
Tell WVDEP No More Toxic Discharges Into the Ohio River!
We need your help to tell the WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to protect public health: No more toxic discharges into the Ohio River! The WVDEP is currently accepting comments on a permit for Chemours Washington Works facility. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 23, 2024
Urgent Action Needed: Comment on Chemours Consent Order by Feb 25!
We need your voice to oppose environmental injustice in Belle, WV. The WVDEP is considering a consent order for Chemours Optima Belle which allows Chemours to discharge ethylbenzene into the Kanawha River at levels six times higher than the human health criteria set by the EPA. Ethylbenzene is a possible carcinogen and is known to cause tumors in animals. More
Issues: HealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC July 6, 2023
Tonight! Join a Public Hearing on Proposed Air Quality Legislative Rules
You’re invited to participate in a virtual public hearing organized by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Air Quality (DAQ). This virtual hearing will focus on the proposed legislative rules for 2024. More
Issues: HealthOrphaned wellsPollution
Action Alerts WVEC March 1, 2023
Protect Our Drinking Water
The PFAS Protection Act, HB 3189, is expected to be voted on Tuesday, March 7 by the Senate Government Organization Committee. This bill will require the state to immediately identify and reduce PFAS at the source and establish required limits on PFAS discharges into our drinking water sources. This bill helps hold polluters responsible for cleaning up and preventing further contamination of our drinking water sources. Tell members of the Senate Government Organization Committee you want them to pass HB 3189, the PFAS Protection Act, to help protect our drinking water sources! More
Issues: HealthPFASWater
Action Alerts WVEC February 27, 2023
WV DEP Holding Public Meeting on Ethylene Oxide Monitoring: Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Over the past year, the WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has held a series of public events around its fenceline monitoring project and announced last week that it had signed a collaborative agreement with Union Carbide Corporation’s Institute facility to reduce ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions. It also announced it has published its final report on its monitoring project. To learn more, please attend this week's in-person public meeting on Thursday, March 2, from 6-8 pm. More
Issues: DEPEthylene oxideHealthPollution
Action Alerts WVEC February 9, 2023
Ask the House Energy & Manufacturing Committee to Advance the PFAS Protection Act
URGENT! The House Energy & Manufacturing Committee meets today at 1:00PM and the PFAS Protection Act is on the agenda! Now is the time to contact members of the committee! Let them know that you want them to support the bill, HB 3189, to help protect our drinking water sources! Your contacts made a difference in moving the Senate version of the bill through the committee, now we need your help in the House. More
Issues: HealthPFASWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition January 27, 2023
Action Alert: Contact Members of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee – Protect My Drinking Water
Good news from the Capitol! SB 485, the PFAS Protection Act, has been introduced to the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support!! Your advocacy asking for the co-sponsorship of the legislation designed to stop toxic chemicals from polluting our drinking water sources has worked! More
Issues: HealthPFASWater
Newsletter article WVEC January 20, 2023
PFAS (Forever Chemicals) Lunch-and-Learn This Thursday, January 26
WV Rivers Coalition is hosting a 30-minute lunch-and-learn webinar this Thursday, January 26, at noon for folks to learn more about PFAS contamination in West Virginia’s water and the PFAS Protection Act.  More
Issues: HealthPFASPollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC January 20, 2023
Weekly Round-Up 
This week marked the first full week of the legislative session, and the WVEC Lobby Team has been off to quite a busy start tracking bill progress, attending committee meetings, and watching floor sessions for both the House of Delegates and the Senate.  More
Issues: DEPHealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition January 17, 2023
Contact Your Legislators, Ask Them to Co-Sponsor the PFAS Protection Act
Each week of the legislative session, we share an easy action for clean water as part of Water Policy News, it only takes a few minutes and it is the most urgent call to action.  This Week's Easy Action: Contact your Legislators and encourage them to co-sponsor the PFAS Protection Act! More
Issues: HealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC January 4, 2023
WV DEP Holding Two Public Meetings on Union Carbide Ethylene Oxide Permit
On Monday, January 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (WVDEP) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold an in-person public meeting to provide information and answer questions regarding Union Carbide Corporation Institute’s draft Title V operating permit renewal for the operation of its Distribution System for Ethylene Oxide, located at 250 Carbide Road, Dunbar, WV. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollution
Action Alerts WVEC July 29, 2022
Let Senator Manchin Know You Support The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
This week, Senator Manchin announced his support for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 which includes investments in climate, infrastructure, jobs and healthcare. We expect a vote next week and Senator Manchin needs to know his constituents support his vote! Call today to let him know what climate investments for West Virginia means to you! More
Issues: Climate changeHealth
Action Alerts WVEC March 23, 2022
March 26: WV DEP Public Meeting on Its Actions to Address Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Air Emissions in Kanawha County
We encourage you to attend this important public meeting to learn more about Ethylene Oxide (EtO) emissions. It will be an open-house format where you will need to be prepared to ask questions. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollution
Newsletter article  March 18, 2022
WV DEP Announces Public Forum on Ethylene Oxide Emissions to Take Place March 26 in Dunbar
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is holding a community open house to provide information and update the public on its actions to address Ethylene Oxide (EtO) air emissions in the western areas of Kanawha County. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 7, 2022
Storage Tank Bill on Senate Committee Agenda TOMORROW, 3/8
In a last minute push, HB 2598, the bill that would relax inspection requirements for certain oil and gas tanks located closest to our public drinking water intakes, has appeared on the Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee agenda. Read our updated fact sheet on HB 2598. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksHealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 8, 2022
Oil & Gas Exemption Bill on 2PM Agenda
With your help during the 2021 Legislative Session, we successfully defeated a bill that attempted to exempt oil and gas tanks from the state’s Aboveground Storage Tank Act. The ASTA is an important piece of legislation unanimously passed in 2014 designed to prevent another water crisis caused by a failed aboveground storage tank. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksHealthPollutionWater
Newsletter article  January 28, 2022
An Update from WVDEP on Ethylene Oxide
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is providing the below updates on its actions to address Ethylene Oxide (EtO) in the Kanawha Valley. This information, as well as previous steps taken by the WVDEP, can be found on the agency's EtO web page. More
Issues: HealthPollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition January 24, 2022
Action Alert: Water Quality Protections Up for Debate
The WV Legislature is considering revisions to human health protections within our water quality standards. These revisions are part of a rule proposed by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. More
Issues: HealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC December 21, 2021
Rally with us: Let Manchin know West Virginia is paying attention!
In case you missed it, Senator Manchin revealed over the weekend that he is currently a NO on the Build Back Better Act. This is devastating news for West Virginians - this bill is a tremendous opportunity for the Mountain State. The sweeping legislation will provide tax credits to address the climate crisis; extend child tax credits; provide for reductions in health care costs for seniors; provide assistance for child care; and many other provisions to help West Virginians throughout the state. More
Issues: Climate changeHealthLegislation
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