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Legislative Updates WVEC February 23, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 7
As Crossover Day approaches, we want to take a moment to thank you for your phone calls, emails, and donations throughout the 2024 session. Making our voices heard is a community effort, and we’re deeply grateful for your continued support.  More
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wellsPollution
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
Newsletter article WVEC February 16, 2024
Weekly Round-Up
WVEC had a busy week at the legislature! E-Day came and went on Tuesday, February 13, and several environmental advocates and students joined us to make their voices heard throughout the Capitol! As we move closer to Crossover Day (February 28), we are working on several key bills to ensure they hit their respective committee agendas in time. On the other hand, several harmful bills are sitting in committees - let’s help keep them there!  More
Issues: Net meteringPollutionSolar power
Legislative Updates WVEC February 16, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 6
We have a lot of updates to share with you this week as we head into the home stretch of the 2024 legislative session. On Tuesday, we celebrated our largest E-Day ever! Thanks to all who worked for months to organize it and those who traveled across the state to attend! Read on for more from our President, Sandra Fallon. More
Issues: EdayLegislationNet meteringPollutionSolar power
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition February 15, 2024
Ask your State Senator to Vote NO on HB 5018
We need your help stopping HB 5018. This bill has passed through the House of Delegates and is now under consideration by the State Senate. This Unclean Air Act prohibits the use of community-collected data in courts — for both the public and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. More
Issues: Pollution
Newsletter article WVEC February 10, 2024
Weekly Round-Up
This week’s focus was working to amend HB 5018 (the community air monitoring bill) as it moved through the House, lobbying for the Orphaned Well Prevention Act and following a new bill, HB 5076. We’ve also been prepping for E-Day, which is coming up this Tuesday, February 13. More
Issues: Community solarNet meteringOrphaned wellsPollution
Newsletter article WVEC February 9, 2024
Impressions of the WV Legislature from a First-Time Lobbyist
It’s hard to believe we’ve come to the halfway point of the session. I don’t need to rely on landmarks as much to orient myself in the Capitol, and I can match names with the now-familiar faces I pass every day. And, while we’re still in the thick of it, I’m starting to make sense out of the heaps of information that piled up so fast in the beginning. More
Issues: LegislationPollution
Newsletter article WVEC February 2, 2024
WVEC Weekly Round-Up
We’ve had a productive third week as things have started to pick up at the legislature. In addition to daily bill tracking, we’ve focused on meeting with senators to discuss the Orphaned Well Prevention Act, working with folks from WV Clean and Beautiful to defeat SB 171, and gathering voices to testify against HB 5018 in today’s public hearing. More
Issues: Community solarNet meteringOrphaned wellsPollution
Legislative Updates WVEC February 2, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 4
We just concluded day 24 of the legislative session!  Thank you for sending in your comments and participating in today’s public hearing on House Bill 5018 to protect community air monitoring. Only two speakers, both industry lobbyists, spoke out in support of the bill, and we appreciate your work to amplify our collective voice opposing this bad piece of legislation. More
Issues: Community solarLegislationOpportunityPollutionSolar power
Action Alerts WVEC February 1, 2024
Tomorrow at 9 am: We Need Your Voice to Protect Community Monitoring
On Tuesday, January 30, the House Committee on Energy and Manufacturing passed HB 5018 out of committee, and it is heading to the House floor despite the advocacy of more than 400 individuals against this industry-backed bill. We urge you to stand with us in opposing HB 5018 and demand the rejection of this detrimental bill. More
Issues: LegislationPollution
Action Alerts WVEC January 31, 2024
Take Action: Protect Community Monitoring
Please encourage your delegate and Speaker Hanshaw to REJECT HB 5018 and protect grassroots air quality monitoring. Add your voice today! Community air monitoring programs are vital for identifying pollution hotspots and protecting affected communities. More
Issues: Pollution
Take Action WV Citizen Action Group January 31, 2024
Take Action: Protect Grassroots Air Quality Monitoring
Protect Citizen Air Monitoring, REJECT HB 5018. Citizen air monitoring plays a crucial role in engaging citizens and supplementing data gathered by government agencies including the EPA and the DEP. More
Issues: Pollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition September 19, 2023
Urgent: Support updated rules for oil and gas cleanup protection
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), within the U.S. Department of Interior, decides oil and gas leasing rules on all national public lands. The Monongahela National Forest and the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve depend on BLM rules to ensure our national public lands are managed wisely. More
Issues: Oil and gasOrphaned wellsPollution
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 WV Rivers Coalition June 28, 2023
Learn How to Assess and Report Pollution During Pipeline Construction
Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) construction is expected to resume as early as July 1, and the implications are deeply concerning. There are serious concerns about the stability of the soil in areas where the pipeline is being laid. Our region’s steep slopes and highly erodible soil pose a significant risk. More
Issues: MVPPipelinesPollutionWater
Newsletter article  May 12, 2023
Ohio River named Second Most Endangered River
The Ohio River has been designated as the second most endangered river in the country.  Each year, American Rivers, a national nonprofit, releases a report of our nation’s most endangered rivers, naming those that stand before decisions that will determine their fate. The Ohio River stands before such a moment of great decision.  More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC May 12, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 10
Happy May! Now that the legislative session is over, we will be releasing a bi-monthly newsletter. Watch your inbox for updates on our upcoming campaigns, action alerts and more. Remember to check out our calendar for a comprehensive list of meetings and events. Stay engaged, and join us in making a difference! More
Issues: Climate changePollutionState parksWater
Action Alerts WVEC April 11, 2023
Say NO to the Pleasants Power Station Bailout
If you are a Mon Power or Potomac Edison customer, we need your voice now! Submit your comments to the West Virginia Public Service Commission opposing the Pleasants Power Station bailout before April 14th. Take Action! More
Issues: EnergyPollution
Action Alerts WVEC March 6, 2023
Urgent: Senate Committee to Take Up Nuclear Bill Today
While it has not included it on its agenda for today, the Senate Economic Development Committee plans to take up HB 2896 at 2 PM TODAY. This legislation seeks to make West Virginia an agreement state with the US NRC. HOWEVER, Section F of the bill could open West Virginia to nuclear waste dumps. More
Issues: Nuclear energyPollutionSolid waste
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
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