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March 14, 2015 2:17 p.m. 

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reported in an email that conditions at the Hughes Creek area mine stabilized Saturday afternoon. The DEP says, "... there is nothing to indicate an imminent threat" and residents could return to their homes. About 54 people had sheltered at Riverside High School on Friday night. DEP officials were concerned that the mine could fail.

  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is reporting that residents in the Hughes Creek community are being called to evacuate "out of an abundance of caution." A possible mine blowout above U.S. Route 60 could prevent emergency services from being able to access the community  in eastern Kanawah County.

West Virginia Legislature

Friday in the House, three bills were up for passage. First was House Bill 2004, which would require a procedure for the development of a state plan in regard to the Clean Air Act.

Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 Update Wednesday January 7, 2015 11:46 a.m.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is postponing the meeting due to weather/road conditions. In an email, Kelley Gillenwater with the DEP said,

"Due to the inclement weather conditions in the Oak Hill area, tonight’s public hearing on the Danny Webb UIC permit applications will be reschedule. The date, time and location have not yet been determined but an announcement with those details will be made within the next couple of days."

AP

The deadline is approaching to submit aboveground storage tank inspections required by a new state law to protect public water supplies.

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Department of Environmental Protection

State regulators have fined the city of Logan more than $81,000 for wastewater violations.

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AP

State regulators are taking public comment and holding a hearing on a proposed rule that regulates aboveground storage tanks.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Landfilling has been the main source of getting rid of waste for centuries. But a new technology coming to West Virginia may change how we think of waste disposal, and in the long run, help our environment.

Freedom Industries
AP

A bankruptcy judge has initially approved plans for the company at the center of a January chemical spill to demolish its storage tanks.
 

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A coal mine operator has proposed an alternate location for a ventilation shaft near Grafton's Tygart Lake State Park after residents and park visitors complained.

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Proposals to fund drinking water projects in four West Virginia counties have been rejected by federal regulators.
 

Aaron Payne

Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia DEP Randy Huffman presented the proposed budget to the committee, relating how the organization would deal with the governor’s 7.5 percent cut.

Huffman assured there would be no loss in personnel. However, paying the personnel a fair and competitive wage was a challenge.

Delegate Ron Walters asked how proposed water protection legislation would affect the DEP financially.

“We’re doing an inventory, right now,” Huffman said.

“We’re going to try in the next few days to get an estimate.”