UPDATED: House and Senate Judiciary Committees considering bill to gut SB 373

A bill was introduced today to gut the 2014 Senate Bill 373 (the Aboveground Storage Tank Act) by limiting the regulations only to tanks larger than 10,000 gallons and within the “zone of critical concern” of a drinking water intake. HB 2574 also eliminates the requirement that such tanks be inspected annually. And it entirely […]

Community members still serious about fixing our water

Bill’s post last week analyzed who is serious about fixing our water system a year after the water crisis. The community members who came out for four hours last Saturday morning for Advocates for a Safe Water System’s training were about as serious as it gets about organizing to make sure something like this never […]

Public hearing, comments due Wednesday on DEP tank rules

Comments are due Wednesday on the DEP’s proposed rule for regulating aboveground storage tanks. Comments can be emailed to WVDEPtankrules@wv.gov (with “Aboveground Storage Tank Comments” in the subject line) or mailed to: WVDEP Public Information Office Aboveground Storage Tank Comments 601 57th Street, SE Charleston, WV 25304 There will also be a public hearing on […]

January 2015 events

It is almost exactly one year after the January 9, 2014 chemical leak and water crisis. But the work to ensure that last year’s Senate Bill 373 does not get watered down is just beginning as the 2015 legislative session starts this month. A number of events are planned for this month to commemorate the […]

Public comment period and public hearing for DEP aboveground storage tank rule

Last week, the DEP released its proposed rule for regulating aboveground storage tanks under Senate Bill 373. Public comments will be accepted through January 21st and can be emailed to WVDEPtankrules@wv.gov (with “Aboveground Storage Tank Comments” in the subject line) or mailed to: WVDEP Public Information Office Aboveground Storage Tank Comments 601 57th Street, SE […]

More than 120 attend safe water forum at University of Charleston

It’s been a big week! In the past couple days, Governor Tomblin appointed a new commissioner to the Public Service Commission (Brooks McCabe), and all of the parties to the Commission’s general investigation of West Virginia American Water filed their expert testimony. We’ll have updates on those developments in the next few days. On Thursday, […]

Community group takes the lead in pushing CSB recommendations forward

Back in 2011, the Chemical Safety Board recommended (after the 2008 Bayer CropScience explosion) the creation of a Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program for the Kanawha Valley. This program would be modeled after a highly successful program in Contra Costa County, CA. Even the January 9th Freedom leak was not enough to get serious movement […]

Talking points on DEP’s draft aboveground storage tank rule

Comments on the DEP’s aboveground storage tank rule are due Friday, Oct 24th to WVDEPtankrules@wv.gov or by mail to: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection – Public Information Office AST Emergency Rule Comments 601 57th Street SE Charleston, WV 25304 Below are some talking points about the draft rule, provided by the WV Rivers Coalition: […]

Comments on DEP draft rules due Friday

Earlier this month, DEP released an additional section of its draft aboveground storage tank rule. It looks like DEP is repeating one of the mistakes of its strip mining regulatory program. The new section of the draft provides rules for how much money companies with aboveground storage tanks have to post as a bond to […]

What are our candidates planning to do about the water?

The election is less than one month away.  There are several candidate forums happening in the next few weeks (here and here, for examples).  If you’re going to any of these events, here are some important questions to ask: 1. What changes do you think need to be made to Senate Bill 373? Several legislators, led […]