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Action Alert: Rivers Need You to Comment This Week on Water Regs

posted Jul 28, 2015, 1:58 PM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Jul 28, 2015, 2:04 PM ]

Take Action: An Email from You Makes a Difference for Our Water

There are two important water-related rules the public is asked to comment on this week. Please take a few minutes today to lend your voice for clean water!

Tank Rule

This proposed rule governs the registration, standards, and inspections of Aboveground Storage Tanks. Click here for our fact sheet.
What you can do: 

  • Attend the public hearing on Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. at the WVDEP Headquarters, located at 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston. 
  • Email comments by 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30 to Put Aboveground Storage Tank Comments in the subject line.

Tell WVDEP you want your water supply protected through strong regulations of aboveground storage tanks and that you want the rule to:

  1. Not weaken standards for tanks or relax timelines for enforcement;
  2. Provide an opportunity for public notice and comment on amendments to permits and plans before a tank is excused from the Act’s requirements;
  3. Establish registration fees that adequately fund and staff the program; and
  4. Increase bond amounts so that they cover potential liability of a tank failure.

Water Quality Standards Rule
Our State Water Quality Standards set limits for the amount of pollution allowed in our streams. This proposed rule weakens standards for two toxic pollutants: selenium and aluminum.
What you can do:
Email comments by 9 a.m. Friday, July 31 to Put Water Quality Standards Comments in the subject line.
Tell WVDEP that you:

  1. Oppose the proposed emergency rule that significantly weakens the aluminum criteria; there is no emergency and not enough scientific data to support the change.
  2. Oppose the proposed revision to the selenium standard that presents serious challenges to its implementation and enforcement. 

Click here for more ideas on talking points.
Thank you for joining us in speaking up for our rivers!