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|The “Coal Jobs and Safety Act” (H.B. 2566/S.B. 357) is the first item on the agenda of the House Judiciary Committee when they meet at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. This bill would relieve coal companies from meeting water quality standards in their pollution permits and also weaken aluminum criteria for streams. Mine workers oppose it too, because it weakens mine safety. Please contact committee members and tell them to reject this bill! Go ahead and call this weekend, leave a message. And when you do so, be sure to also thank committee members for passing the Category A rule without amendment on Friday.
And there are three–yes, three–items about which we need you to contact Senate Judiciary members.
1. Any day, we’re expecting that committee to take up S.B. 423, “Amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act.” This bill would gut the water protections gained in last year’s S.B. 373. Tell committee members to reject this bill!
2. We’re also expecting the committee to take up S.B. 482 any day. This bill would seriously weaken air pollution permitting for smaller sources, and establish unrealistic deadlines for the DEP to review permit applications. And it says that if the DEP does not act, the permit is deemed granted as applied for. Tell committee members to reject this bill also!
3. Sooner or later, this committee will take up S.B. 167, the DEP rule that would restore “Category A” (drinking water) status to the portion of the Kanawha River that flows past Charleston. Tell committee members to pass this rule without amendment!
Thanks for all you do! As always, please stay tuned–three more weeks to go!
From the WVEC Action Alert E-mail List