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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
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition December 3, 2021
Legislative Committee to Consider Water Quality Standards on Wednesday, Dec. 8
In our October e-newsletter, we shared information on the upcoming legislative session and highlighted one of our top legislative priorities – revisions to water quality standards. Now, we have our first call to action related to the revisions! More
Issues: HealthLegislationPollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC October 15, 2021
Ethylene Oxide: What’s Happened and What’s Next
If you aren't familiar with this issue, according to an air toxins report released by the EPA (NATA), 6 of the 90 census tracts for the highest cancer risks were in the Kanawha Valley. Two plants, located in South Charleston and in Institute, are the big emitters that have contributed to ranking Kanawha County 10th for highest cancer risks in the United States.  More
Issues: HealthPollution
Action Alerts WVEC September 9, 2021
Register Today for WV DEP Town Hall – September 16 from 5:30 – 7:00PM
We are exactly one week out from our second town hall with WVDEP's Environmental Advocate's Office on September 16 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This event provides another opportunity for you to bring any questions, concerns or issues straight to the Office of the Environmental Advocate. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. More
Issues: DEPEventHealth
Newsletter article OVEC June 11, 2021
Chemical Plants and Protecting Your Community: Speak Up to EPA
The EPA wants to hear from you as it revises the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program (RMP) rule. This rule is supposed to help community members and first responders understand and be better prepared to reduce risks from nearby chemical plants. More
Issues: HealthPollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 16, 2021
URGENT: Senate Judiciary to Vote on Water Quality Standards Today – Act by 3PM
The Water Quality Standards rule was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, and it is on their 3pm agenda TODAY. The House of Delegates has already passed the bill, we urgently need you to contact members of the Senate on the dangers of weakening water quality standards. The proposal before the legislature allows for more chemical toxins in our water.  More
Issues: HealthPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 24, 2021
Urgent: Action Needed to Oppose Oil & Gas Storage Tank Deregulation Bill – Hearing on 2/26, 8AM
A dangerous bill that exempts oil and gas tanks from the Aboveground Storage Tank Act is making its way through the House of Delegates. A coalition of advocates, including WV Rivers, requested a public hearing to provide citizens the opportunity to make comments on the bill for the official record. House leadership has rejected our request. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksHealthPollutionWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 19, 2021
A Zombie in the Zones of Critical Concern
On January 9, 2014, a chemical (crude-MCHM) leaked into the Elk River, the sole drinking water source for Charleston and the surrounding area. Approximately 300,000 people were ordered to stop bathing in, cleaning with, or drinking the water coming out of their taps. Many became ill and visited emergency rooms. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksHealthWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 17, 2021
House Judiciary to Consider Water Quality Standards
Legislators will soon be voting on a proposal submitted by WVDEP related to a critical portion of West Virginia’s water quality standards called human health criteria. Human health criteria determines how much of a toxin can be in our water before it harms our health. Let Legislators know that you oppose any weakening of water quality standards! More
Issues: HealthLegislationWater
Newsletter article Hannah King February 12, 2021
Happy Session, Everyone!
The 1st session of the 85th Legislature began on Wednesday, February 10th. Since then, we have seen more than a dozen environmental bills introduced, some good, some not so good. Rob and I are keeping a close eye on everything, but we will need your help the next two months. More
Issues: HealthLegislationPollutionSolid wasteWater
Newsletter article WV Citizen Action Group January 21, 2021
Virtual Citizen Civic Engagement Training – February 4, 5-7PM
Virtual Citizen Civic Engagement Training - February 4, 5-7PM. Talking to your representative might sound intimidating if you’ve never done it, but they’re just people who work for YOU. You can do this. You can help make important changes in our state. More
Issues: HealthLegislation
Newsletters WVEC January 21, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 1
With the start of a new year comes the legislative session. It's hard to believe we are less than a month away with the session starting February 10. We expect things to be much different this year. Access to the Capitol building will be limited and the process for posting agendas and confirming public hearings is unclear.  More
Issues: Climate changeHealthLegislationWater
Newsletter article OVEC December 13, 2020
A History of Resistance
The fight for justice has never been won at the ballot box alone. Resistance against the status quo is not uncommon in Appalachia; from the Mine Wars to the Red for Ed strikes, West Virginia has been center stage in pivotal regional events. Bleak and seemingly-unwinnable battles are not unique to this state or its history. Rather, they are the norm. Resistance moving forward means learning from our collective past. More
Issues: Climate changeHealthLegislationPollutionSocial justice
Newsletter article OVEC July 30, 2020
Drinking Water Dilemma: Barging Oil and Gas Waste on the Ohio River
Three barge docks are proposed to be built along the river to transport oil and gas waste from horizontal and vertical fracking operations. The projects, if approved, could result in the first barges carrying briny fracking wastes on the Ohio River. More
Issues: FrackingHealthPollutionWater
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