Tag: Regulation

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Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Action Alerts Laura Davidson March 10, 2017
Calling all Water Warriors: Resist!
Join us Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00am for the Public Hearing on HB 2811 in the WV House Chamber. Rise up with us, and resist these attempts to endanger our clean water supply! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEventLegislationNatural gasOil and gasPollutionRegulationSocial justiceWater
Coal sunset
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe March 11, 2016
More from the Charleston Gazette-Mail
DEP’s Huffman: Focus on how to deal with climate change, Forty percent flatter and still changing, Senate approves coal bill 30-4 More
Issues: Climate changeCoalMountaintop removalRegulation
Newsletter article WVEC March 3, 2016
“Not so fast,” says the EPA
You may be sick of hearing about the coal industry's efforts to weaken water quality standards for aluminum and selenium, which have been ongoing for a few years now. These changes were codified in last year's "Coal Jobs and Safety Act," and the corresponding rules are in this year's bundle, H.B. 4053. Well, hopefully you won't mind hearing some good news. More
Issues: AluminumRegulationSeleniumWater
Newsletter article WVEC March 3, 2016
Bills still standing
As you can see from our bill tracking list, most of the bills we've been following did not make Wednesday's deadline for "crossing over" from their House of origin; and in the majority of cases, this is a good thing. Below are a few words about some of the ones that are still alive. More
Issues: Climate changeLegislationRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 26, 2016
Good news AND bad news
All the majority's "regulatory reform" measures have been rolled into one "Christmas tree" bill, S.B. 619, which was passed by the Senate Government Organization Committee on Tuesday. More
Issues: Regulation
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 17, 2016
Roundup of the week’s activities
On Thursday we sent an action alert about S.B. 565, which allows gas well drillers to enter private property, bulldoze roads, clear timber, and construct a well pad without obtaining a well permit. And more! More
Issues: LegislationNatural gasRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 8, 2016
DEP rules pass out of Judiciary
At press time last Friday (5th), the House Judiciary Committee was still chewing on the DEP rules. Here are the highlights. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksNatural gasRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 8, 2016
MORE regulatory reform!
Since our last newsletter, the Senate has introduced several bills intended to advance their "regulatory reform" agenda. S.B. 535 is another of those "no more stringent than Federal requirements" bills; this one pertains specifically to water. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionRegulationWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 2, 2016
BEWARE of Regulatory Reform!
On Tuesday I didn't notice any environmentally relevant bills on the agenda of the Senate Government Organization committee. But then someone pointed out something I'd missed because it wasn't a bill: they were hearing presentations on "regulatory reform." More
Issues: LegislationRegulation
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 22, 2016
House Energy Committee Approves DEP Rules
Fifteen DEP rules bills passed out of the House Energy Committee this week. Several of these were promulgated in response to federal (Clean Air Act) rather than state legislation. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumLegislationRegulationSeleniumWater
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 22, 2016
Rules Riding into the Sunset
Last week we drew your attention to H.B. 4002, which inserted a five-year “sunset” provision for all rules promulgated by state agencies. But before we go any further, it would probably be a good idea to make sure everyone has a basic idea of the relationship between statutes and rules. More
Issues: LegislationRegulation
Chemical disaster
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 15, 2016
Natural Gas Companies Challenge “Zones of Critical Concern” for Drinking Water
You may recall that the Aboveground Storage Tank Act that was passed in response to the Freedom Industries spill subjects to "detailed scrutiny" those aboveground tanks (ASTs) located within "zones of critical concern (ZCCs)" relative to the intake of a public drinking water supply. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPOil and gasRegulationWater
Action Alerts Vickie Wolfe March 10, 2015
URGENT: Last Chance to Improve Tank Bill!
Once again, we really need your help! By a vote of 13-12 late last night, the House Judiciary Committee narrowly rejected amendments that would have improved water protections in S.B. 423, "Amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act." A last push for amendments on the House floor could make the difference! Please act now! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksMCHMPollutionRegulationWater
Chemical disaster
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 14, 2015
Roundup of the week’s activities
There was no movement this week on H.B. 2574/S.B 423, "Gutting the Aboveground Storage Tank Act." But we're expecting S.B. 423 to appear on the agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee early in the week. Please tell them NOT to gut the water protections we achieved last year in S.B. 373! Tell them to reject this bill! More
Issues: Aboveground tanksAluminumLegislationPollutionRegulationWater
Action Alerts Vickie Wolfe February 13, 2015
Help us fight for clean water! Attend a public hearing on Monday morning.
Please attend a public hearing on H.B. 2289 ("Category A") on Monday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the House chamber. This is a DEP rules bill that would restore "Category A" (drinking water) status to the section of the Kanawha River that runs through Charleston. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCategory ALegislationRegulationWater
Chemical disaster
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe February 7, 2015
“Gutting the Aboveground Storage Tank Act”
The worst bill to hit the ground this week was H.B. 2574/S.B. 423, "Amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act." It should read "Gutting the Aboveground Storage Tank Act." The Aboveground Storage Tank Act was created by last year's landmark S.B. 373, which passed both houses unanimously. More
Issues: LegislationRegulationWater
both feet
Newsletter article Vickie Wolfe January 25, 2015
Here’s a Great Idea–Let’s Shoot Ourselves in Both Feet!
Friday saw the introduction of H.B. 2269, whose purpose “is to require rules of the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Natural Resources and Department of Commerce be no more stringent than corresponding federal law or regulations.” Now, most of you who are reading this newsletter probably understand the relationship between “statutes” and “rules,” but here’s a thumbnail explanation. More
Issues: DEPRegulation