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From our friends at WV Rivers:
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.
If your Senator is on the Senate Judiciary Committee – please call their office today! Find out if your Senator is on the committee here, we’ll automatically connect you to their office.
This bill would exempt certain oil and gas tanks closest to public drinking water intakes from the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. Check out our latest fact sheet on the bill here.
It is crunch time to kill this bill! We’ve work hard to share factual information on the dangers of this bill with members of the Senate, but they need to hear from you! Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to say “no” to removing tanks from regulation closest to drinking water intakes. Contact members of the Committee.
Last week, the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an article placing HB 2598 and its attempt to gut the ASTA in the broader context of the state’s repeated rejection of chemical safety recommendations. It’s the final sentence in the story that really sums up what’s at stake if HB 2598 becomes law.
“Politicians can take an ounce of prevention by maintaining the law as it is,” Joseph Golden of Beckley said during the hearing, “or later pay a ton of cure.”