The WV Legislature will be 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. Read WVDEPs rule.
The first stop for the rule is the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee. They need to hear from you before they meet in early December! Let them know that clean, safe drinking water is essential for all West Virginians. Ask them to remove loopholes for polluting industries to put even more toxins our drinking water sources.
About the Loophole
WVDEP's rule 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 protect our health from dangerous pollutants like cancer causing toxins, chemicals known to cause birth-defects, and poisons like cyanide.
We analyzed the proposed rule and have come to the conclusion that the policy is dangerous for West Virginia. Not only will it allow more toxins in our drinking water sources, it creates a shortcut for polluters to discharge even more toxins in our water with less public involvement.
About the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee
Before the 2022 Legislature meets in January, a special joint Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee (comprised of both House and Senate members) meets to review all rules proposed by state agencies, like the WVDEP. They have the opportunity to either approve, disapprove or change the rule. A few years ago, the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee dramatically weakened a proposed water quality standards rule by removing an important amendment. The action by the Rule-Making Review Committee set the tone for the legislature and the weakened rule was eventually adopted.
Because of their position as the first stop for the water quality standards rule, it's essential they hear from you!
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