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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
Newsletters WVEC October 15, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 13
Happy fall! We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who joined in on our annual meeting last Thursday. It was great to see everyone and we are looking forward to the next time we can see you all in person. Thank you to everyone who has donated. More
Issues: Climate changeEventPollution
Action Alerts WV Citizen Action Group September 22, 2021
Your Comments Needed on PSC Power Plant THIS Friday
Public Testimony needed (in person or virtual) on the PSC plan to saddle WV rate payers with nearly 500 Million $ in long term costs, to keep 3 uncompetitive coal plants operating until 2040. More
Issues: EnergyPollution
Action Alerts WVEC September 20, 2021
Learn More about Your Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals: EPA Virtual Public Hearing on Ethylene Oxide Emissions This Thursday
Tune in this Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will provide information and answer questions about ethylene oxide (EtO) air emissions in the Kanawha Valley coming from chemical plants located in Institute and South Charleston. More
Issues: EPAPollution
Document WVEC September 20, 2021
Questions for EPA on Ethylene Oxide Emissions
September 23 Virtual Public Hearing on Ethylene Oxide Emissions More
Issues: EPAPollution
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition August 3, 2021
Experimental Mine Proposed Near Snowshoe

Public Hearing on Experimental Underground Mine on Aug. 5

Our friends in Pocahontas and Randolph Counties are organizing to protect their water from a proposed experimental mine. You can support residents through their current action alert.

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Issues: PollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC July 19, 2021
URGENT: WV Water Protections Under Revision – Act by 6PM July 19
A recent a policy decision by the WVDEP related to water quality standards creates a loophole to allow industries to dump more toxins in our source water. This proposal is part of a second round of human health criteria revisions – the portion of our water quality standards that protects our health from dangerous pollutants like cancer causing toxins, chemicals known to cause birth-defects, and poisons like cyanide. Submit comments on the proposal today! More
Issues: DEPPollutionWater
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
Newsletter article West Virginia Highlands Conservancy June 11, 2021
Off-Highway Vehicles: A Threat to Our Public Lands
Efforts have been persistent in promoting off-highway vehicle recreation on our public lands, Federal and state, in West Virginia in the state legislature for the last two years (see story on p. 10). For obvious reasons, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy strongly opposes allowing this activity on our public lands. More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC June 11, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 11
Now that the Legislative Session is behind us we have returned to a bi-monthly newsletter. We hope that you will sign up for alerts and newsletters from our member groups to help you stay informed. There is no shortage of events and actions to take to help protect our environment! More
Issues: Climate changeDemocracyPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition April 6, 2021
Countdown to End of 2021 Legislative Session: Tank Deregulation Bill an Impending Threat
We're in the final days of the 2021 Legislative Session and HB 2598 still threatens our waters as it is on the continues to pose a threat as it is on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda today (4/6). Contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, before they vote on the bill. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC April 2, 2021
Facts Behind HB 2598 and Number of Exempt Tanks by Affected County
Please call your Senate Judiciary Committee members on Monday and encourage them to vote NO on HB 2598. Read below for talking points and a list of oil and gas tanks by West Virginia county that would be exempted. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 22, 2021
No More Toxins in Our Water! Act Now!
The Water Quality Standards rule is on the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda TODAY at 3pm. 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. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC March 20, 2021
Legislative Update 
The environmental bills we are watching had little activity this week. The Water Quality Standards Rule, HB 2382, was quickly thrown onto the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda for Tuesday earlier this week, but was pulled off the agenda due to time constraints. This bill is now on the Judiciary Committee agenda for Monday, March 22 at 3 pm. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionWater
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
Newsletter article WVEC March 12, 2021
Member Spotlight: Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
What we would do without our partners at the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC)? OVEC formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV - the first of many victories to come.  More
Issues: FrackingMountaintop removalPollution
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition March 12, 2021
Submit Comments on WVDEP Biological Assessment Rule by March 26
The WVDEP is once again accepting public comments on a revised rule that analyzes the aquatic life in the stream to assess whether the stream is meeting the state’s water quality standards. Submit your comments here. More
Issues: PollutionWater
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Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition March 5, 2021
Let WVDEP Know You Want Them to Hold the MVP Accountable for Water Pollution
The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile project cutting through Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Summers, and Monroe Counties, was recently fined approximately $303,000 by WVDEP. The proposed agreement for the fine is now open for public comment. Comments are due March 13. More
Issues: PipelinesPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition March 2, 2021
Act Now: Let Legislators Know You Oppose More Toxins in WV’s Water
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. Watch a video explaining how the rule weakens our water quality standards. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 26, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 4
If you have been keeping up with our social media, you are aware that we, along with other WV advocacy organizations, requested a public hearing for HB 2598 from both Delegate Anderson and Delegate Pack, which were denied. In response to these denials, we collaborated with WV Rivers Coalition, OVEC, WV CAG and WV Sierra Club to host our own People’s Public Hearing today to which all legislators and members of the public were invited. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyInfrastructurePollutionPower purchase agreementsWater
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