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Jefferson County held its 23rd annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival over the weekend with parades, live music and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown's raid. Organized by the NAACP of the county, the weekend was meant to bring people together to remember the history of the area that helped shape the country.

The City of Morgantown has teamed up with environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies to create an innovative way to cut carbon emissions while making a profit. 

Clean Power Plan Criticized by State Officials

Aug 4, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees live in our studio to report on the reactions by government officials to the EPA’s new rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.  Also, Glynis Board revisits a report issued in June that outlines how the state can comply with the Clean Power Plan.   

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Businesses and homeowners in Morgantown have a variety of inexpensive options to significantly reduce their energy costs while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released on Monday, June 29.

 

Morgantown-based environmental consulting company Downstream Strategies compiled the report as part of a three-phase project. Commissioned by the Morgantown City Council’s Green Team, the project is funded by the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

January 2nd of 2014 the Lisby Pad explosion spilled an unknown amount of "black sludge" associated with a horizontal drilling site in Tyler County into a feeder stream of a local municipality's source water stream.
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State senators in Charleston took action this week to roll back aboveground tank regulations put in place after last year’s chemical spill which contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.

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  A new report says drinking water sources in West Virginia are at risk of contamination from thousands of aboveground storage tanks.

The report says the greatest risk is posed by 3,167 tanks near and upstream from surface drinking water intakes. A 2014 state law requires extra safeguards for tanks in these areas.

West Virginia Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1990-2011
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Can West Virginia reduce CO2 emissions? The short answer, according to a new report, is yes. Will West Virginia reduce CO2 emissions? That's another question...


DEP Tank Registration Program Opens

Jun 13, 2014
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Recently, an overflow of water from a trench at the Freedom Industries tank site in Kanawha County reached the Elk River. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection issued two notices of violation to Freedom for the incident. But while that tank site is being monitored regularly, the DEP is also beginning to focus attention on a whole bunch of other aboveground storage tanks too, that aren't receiving as much attention. Ben Adducchio has more.

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Together, Harvard and Syracuse Universities have released a study that maps potential air quality benefits based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions reductions revealed this month. WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development is working with Downstream Strategies on a new report to advise policy makers as they draft strategies to submit to the EPA. Also, A Brooklyn-based theater company will bring a play to Charleston in response to the Elk River Chemical Spill. 

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  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that they are seeking public input on what should be included in the rules to regulate aboveground storage tanks. The director of a Morgantown-based environmental consulting firm is hoping to be able to see who is submitting ideas, and what those ideas are.

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With an expected population decline and negative stereotypes surrounding young people who choose to stay in the state, we hear a few proposed solutions for the issue. Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies talks about the Department of Environmental Protection's public comment period for above-ground storage tank regulation. Also, Richwood sees a revival with their annual Feast of the Ramson.

    

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works had a hearing Thursday in Washington that focused on improving chemical safety. Committee members heard about the recent water crisis in the Kanawha Valley from a West Virginia expert.

Panelists included representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Chemical Safety Board as well as authorities from communities that have witnessed recent chemical strife.

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Senate Bill 373 relating to water resources protection was sent to the House nearly one month ago to go through three committee stops. Two weeks ago the bill made it through the Health and Human Resource Committee with amendments to be sent to the Judiciary Committee. Wednesday, the second committee used its meeting to hear from Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen.

West Virginia Needs More Solar Jobs, Report Says

Jan 31, 2014
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A new report by two independent organizations says West Virginia is lagging behind in bolstering solar energy programs and providing solar energy jobs.

The report points out surrounding states are benefiting from past investments into this renewable energy technology.

Two groups that support sustainable economic development, Downstream Strategies and The Mountain Institute, teamed up to compare West Virginia’s solar energy job growth to surrounding states.

Marc Glass is a principal researcher in charge of evaluation and remediation of environmental contamination in soil and water for the environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies. He’s been testing water samples for private residents affected by the Elk River chemical spill. While his results haven’t turned up any traces of formaldehyde, it is something they’ve been testing for.

How long did the Freedom tank leak?

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The President of Downstream Strategies is in Charleston presenting his organization’s report on the Elk River chemical spill to lawmakers. Meanwhile, lawmakers are debating a proposal from Gov. Tomblin. Hansen is concerned about some aspects of the bill.

The House Judiciary Committee holds an informational meeting to hear more about the chemical spill and hears recommendations from Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen, the Governor's legislative agenda pushes through the Senate, the House passes a bill to create a West Virginia Day of Prayer, and Judiciary Chairs Sen. Corey Palumbo and Del. Tim Manchin respond to arguments that West Virginia is "anti-regulation."

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Governor Tomblin explains proposed legislation to protect water supplies from potential chemical leaks,  the House of Delegates passes a bill that increases penalties for littering and honors the life of former Delegate Joe Talbott, environmental consultants Downstream Strategies critique proposed legislation that hopes to prevent another water crisis, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind updates their curriculum and allows some students to attend on a temporary basis.

Graphic Detailing the Elk River zone of critical concern, from downstream strategies new report.
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Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen has worked on a report called "The Freedom Industries Spill: Lessons Learned and Needed Reforms." Hansen says new regulations on storage facilities, like the one involved in the Elk River spill, are only a first step towards prevention.

Hansen also suggests:

Major questions remain in the chemical spill from Freedom Industries, Inc. in the contamination of West Virginia American Water supplies across nine counties. West Virginia Public Broadcasting news director Beth Vorhees interviews Mark Glass from Downstream Strategies, Ashton Marra reports on the recent press conference at West Virginia American Water, and Dave Mistich gives a run down of activity on social media.

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One in five West Virginians are seeing a reduction in food assistance, Downstream Strategies takes a critical look at the water-use data provided by natural gas drillers in the past couple years to the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Huntington Prep's basketball team enters their season with high expectations.

The Horizontal Well Control Act of 2011 required studies be conducted to gain a more profound understanding of all that's entailed in the natural gas drilling that's sweeping northern West Virginia. Those reports are coming due, and legislators are hearing from scientists who have been looking into the matter.

Two major reports are being discussed in Charleston this week. One looks at air and noise pollution, while another considers water use related to Horizontal Well drilling.

1. Air and Noise