In preparation for the 2021 WV Legislative Session, the Legislative Rule Making Committee will be meeting this Wednesday, 9/23, and water quality standards are on the agenda. The committee needs to hear from you today about the importance of clean water!
If words like "legislative rule making" and "water quality standards" make you feel anxious - you're not imagining things!
You may recall that it was during a meeting of the Legislative Rule Making Committee in 2018 that essential updates to human health protections were stripped from the 2019 proposed water quality standards rule. This act by the Rule Making Committee triggered years of industry-led delay tactics and attempts to weaken drinking water protections. All the while, West Virginia's water quality standards remained outdated.
Now, after years of delays, the Legislative Rule Making Committee will once again consider much needed updates to our water quality standards. We've reviewed the proposed water quality standards rule and sadly, the rule would rollback protections for 13 toxins.
It is extremely important that members of the Legislative Rule Making Committee hear from you before they meet. Tell members of the committee that you oppose any weakening of water quality standards.
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