SB 373 weakened by Finance Committee

The House Finance Committee voted yesterday to weaken SB 373. The bill has now moved to the House floor for a vote. The final version of the bill that the House will be voting on is not yet posted on the legislature’s website, but Ken Ward has a good summary in the Gazette.

The Finance Committee removed language that the Judiciary Committee had introduced requiring medical monitoring (although, as we noted yesterday, the Judiciary Committee hadn’t provided a way to fund a medical monitoring program anyway).

Delegate Kevin Craig, vice president of Houston-based Natural Resource Partners, successfully introduced an amendment that removed one of the provisions that community groups had been pushing — that would have required potential contaminant sources in the zone of critical concern of a drinking water intake to obtain site-specific Clean Water Act NPDES permits.

The Finance Committee also removed language that would have required WV American Water to do more “early warning” monitoring at its Elk River intake.

Delegates can still introduce amendments “on the floor.” This could happen as early as today. Citizen groups are urging delegates to support amendments that would:

  • Re-instate the provision requiring potential contaminant sources in the zone of critical concern of a drinking water intake to obtain site-specific Clean Water Act NPDES permits.
  • Give citizens the right to sue if the DEP is not enforcing the law.

Find your delegate here.

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