Industry Looking to Undo Tank Bill
HB2574 was introduced today to gut the “tank bill” passed last year to protect our waters from leaky aboveground storage tanks. The bill is referred to the House Judiciary Committee. We need you to tell these committee members to reject this extreme attempt to undo protections passed unanimously last year.
Tell these House Judiciary members to protect our water and reject HB2574:
House Committee Leadership:
Delegate Shott - Chair
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Delegate Lane - Vice-Chair
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Delegate Manchin - Minority Chair
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Delegate Skinner - Minority Vice-Chair
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Drinking Water Protections in Jeopardy
Public Hearing on Coal Pollution Permits
This Thursday at 2pm in Room 215-E, the House Energy Committee is holding a public hearing for citizens to weigh in on a bill that would remove from coal operators’ permits the requirement to comply with water quality standards. This removes a critical backstop in preventing pollution that harms life in streams, and in holding polluters accountable. Excusing coal producers from meeting water quality standards will set us up to cause our streams to be even more unhealthy and to place a greater burden on taxpayers to clean them up.
This bill also proposes calculation of aluminum criteria based on the hardness of the stream. This would significantly weaken existing protections in all but the most pristine streams and, as hardness increases, it will become increasingly less stringent. And in high-hardness conditions witnessed typically in streams that are impacted by coal mining and quarrying, the rule represents a significant weakening of the existing criteria. So please come to the public hearing Thursday and express your objection to coal producers getting off the hook in keeping our rivers alive and healthy!