SB 373′s water system study commission finally gets started

The Public Water System Supply Study Commission established by Senate Bill 373 met for the first time last week. The Commission is charged with: (1) A review and assessment of the effectiveness and the quality of information contained in updated source water protection plans required for certain public water systems by the provisions of section […]

DEP issues new guidance on SB 373 implementation

Bill posted last week on legislative efforts to undermine SB 373. Several legislators, mainly those representing natural gas interests, called for a special session of the legislature to roll back the implementation date of SB 373, arguing that the January 1, 2015 deadline for tank owners to complete inspections of their above ground tanks was […]

WV American Water ordered to turn over planning documents to PSC

Today, the Public Service Commission issued an order requiring West Virginia American Water to turn over documents that it had previously refused to disclose. On Monday, the Commission held a hearing on the dispute between West Virginia American Water and the other parties to the Commission’s investigation – Advocates for a Safe Water System, the […]

SB 373 already having a positive impact across WV

One aspect of the new above ground storage tank law, also known as Senate Bill 373 in the 2014 Legislative session, is having a big impact on our state, even before the WV DEP creates rules for implementing the law.  The law requires that all owners of above ground storage tanks above a certain size […]

July 21 public comment deadline for Kanawha River reclassification

We have previously posted about the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposal to reclassify the Kanawha River to “Category A,” which would make it eligible to be used for drinking water (see here and here). The change would allow a secondary intake to be built along the Kanawha River. In order for the Kanawha River to […]

WV DEP taking public comments on reclassifying Kanawha River at hearing on July 1

Back in early May, WV DEP Sec. Randy Huffman began talking about reclassifying the Kanawha River to the state’s Category A stream designation, so that WV American Water might have a less expensive way of getting a second water intake. In early June, the DEP issued a notice that it will be holding a hearing […]

Putnam County PSD installs more water monitoring equipment

In keeping with Putnam County’s generally high level of interest in keeping contaminants out of its water supply, the Putnam County Public Service District announced yesterday that it is investing $39,000 in a new monitoring and warning system for its drinking water. The Putnam County PSD draws its water from the 560-million-gallon Larck Reservoir, which […]

Industry seeks to reinstate exemptions into DEP’s tank regulations

Industry comments to the Department of Environmental Protection regarding their S.B. 373 rules are available on the DEP’s website. Thanks to the DEP’s unprecedented transparent rule-making process, we can actually see what industry is saying, an advantage we didn’t have when Governor Tomblin convened his industry “stakeholder” meeting to help him draft the original SB […]

DEP has above ground storage tank site up

Here is the link to the DEP’s new above ground storage tank site.  Note that most of the site is devoted to businesses and the permitting process, but there is a link here that will take you to the stakeholder comment section devoted to the current emergency rules process.  The public input page has links […]

WV PSC responds to citizens, opens general investigation into WVAW response to Freedom Spill

Over the past two months, twenty six WV American Water customers in the Charleston area have filed formal complaints at the WV PSC concerning WVAW’s billing for contaminated water after the Freedom Industries Spill.  Many more customers have filed informal complaints at the PSC.  Over that same time period, a number of citizens and legislators […]