Legislative wrap-up for the week

This week marked the passing of two important days in the legislature’s calendar. Monday the 17th was the last day for bills to be introduced. Yesterday, Friday the 21st, was the last day for bills to be voted out of committee in their house of origin. (Technically, the deadline is Sunday, but since committees don’t typically meet on the weekend, it was effectively Friday).

Not a whole lot happened with SB 373 this week – but that’s ok, because SB 373 was introduced in the Senate and has already made it through all of the Senate committees, so it didn’t run afoul of any deadlines. SB 373 is still before the House Judiciary Committee. House Judiciary is expected to vote on the bill early next week.

Because last Monday came and went without any bill introduced to implement the Chemical Safety Board’s recommendation of a Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program, the only way to get that into law this year is now to have it amended into SB 373.

Thus, here is the amended list of talking points for contacting House Judiciary Committee members about SB 373:

  • Require all potential significant contaminant sources in “zones of critical concerns” of drinking water intakes – not just aboveground storage tanks – to obtain site-specific permits and to be inspected annually
  • Require – and provide funding to develop – Protection Plans for the zones of critical concern for drinking water intakes. Such plans would lay out how to manage and protect the water supply and contingency plans.
  • Create protective standards for chemicals used in large quantities in West Virginia.
  • Include “citizen suit” provisions that enable citizens to enforce the law if chemical companies or the DEP won’t.
  • Get rid of the loopholes and exemptions introduced by the chemical industry lobbyists.
  • Create a Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program, as recommended by the US Chemical Safety Board

1 Comment

  1. John Pullen says:

    At the end of January I received a bill for 1,533 dollars. My house is now used as a rental home and there were no tenants in the building. The bill said this was for using more than 200,000 gallons of water, but their meter reader was sent out to research and he/she found nothing wrong and no sign of water. My real estate manager and workers were in the home during the very cold days checking pipes and keeping a watch for possible problems, nothing was found spewing out that much water and no signs of extra water inside or outside the home. Each month since the bill has now returned to $23 a month just to have an account, still without a tenant and no water usage.

    The company refuses to have someone from the billing department to call me and they do not allow calls to go anywhere except the “customer service representative”, this position has no authority to do anything.

    Does anyone know a phone number for someone in the billing department with authority?

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