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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  February 4, 2022
Adequate Funding Needed for WVDEP Office of Oil & Gas
An increase in funding for WV Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) inspectors would be increased thanks to an annual $100 per year fee on every well that is active if HB 2725, sponsored by Delegate Evan Hansen, is passed. More
Issues: Oil and gasPollution
Legislative Updates WVEC February 4, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 4
It's the fourth week of the Legislature! Several bills we are following hit committee agendas and were voted on in both chambers. We have compiled a list of bills we are watching, both good and bad, and will continue to update this list as we go. Take a look at the Legislative Update article below to see what's happening! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEventLegislationPollutionWater
Newsletter article Hannah King January 28, 2022
Legislative Update – Week #3
It's the third week of the Legislature and quite a few bills we are following hit committee agendas and were voted on in both chambers. We have compiled a list of bills we’re following, both good and bad, and we will continue to update this list as we go. Read more below to see what's happening! More
Issues: LegislationNuclear energyPollution
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
Legislative Updates WVEC January 28, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 3
It was a wild week at the West Virginia Legislature! Several of the bills we’re following hit Committee agendas and were voted on this week. We have compiled a list of bills along with short summaries for each one and you can check out our report under the Legislative Update article.  More
Issues: LegislationNuclear energyPollution
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 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
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
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