Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building in Washington, D.C.
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Federal environmental regulators say they have again found signs of potentially troubling levels of toxic contamination at a former mining equipment operation in West Virginia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to end the Clean Power Plan is the Trump administration’s latest attempt to support the struggling coal industry. The Department of Energy is also pushing a new way to subsidize coal power. But as Glynis Board reports, a new study suggests that market forces -- not regulations -- will still make more coal power plants in the region vulnerable.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement to address dioxin contamination in the Kanawha River by constructing a cap over nine acres of sediment containing the toxic substance.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a month-long sampling of water and soil for PCB chemicals in West Virginia.

The testing in Minden until Friday is for polychlorinated biphenyls, which were commonly used as an electrical equipment insulator. The EPA lists PCBs as a "possible" carcinogen and in 1977 banned their used except in totally enclosed systems.

Patrick Ford (in red) and Assistant Director Marvin Six of the Brooke-Hancock Business Development Corporation at the abandoned and contaminated pottery plant in 2012.
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One of the Trump Administration’s first moves once in office was to freeze all grants issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That move raised a lot of questions and a further directive limiting public statements from the EPA added to the confusion.

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A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring pollution reductions and a $900,000 civil penalty by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement in September with Southern Coal Corp. and 26 affiliates.

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After years of researching the environmental effects of horizontal gas drilling, including the controversial practice called “fracking”, the Environmental Protection Agency released a final report that highlights threats, but is still largely inconclusive.

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West Virginia’s solicitor general will argue before a federal district court panel next week that the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is an illegal use of presidential power. 

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey previewed the state’s arguments Thursday.

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Federal officials are adding a Clarksburg site to the list of the most serious spots identified for environmental cleanup. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the addition of the North 25th Street Glass and Zinc site to the Superfund National Priorities List.

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West Virginia's environmental authority has filed an objection to the proposed $500 million sale of Alpha Natural Resources' assets to a hedge fund, arguing that the deal could leave the state holding hundreds of millions in reclamation liabilities.

The Register-Herald reports that the Department of Environmental Protection filed the objection this week over concerns that a bankruptcy judge's approval of the proposed sale would tilt the process in favor of the hedge fund and institutional investors by having the coal company's major assets be sold off to Alpha's senior lenders.

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One of the nation's largest coal companies is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final ruling that the agency's 2014 mercury and air toxics standards will stay in place even after a new consideration of costs.

The State Journal reports that Murray Energy filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday, challenging the EPA's supplemental finding that was submitted earlier in the day.

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Williams Ohio Valley Midstream has paid a $14,440 settlement to the federal government after leaking a natural gas component into three Ohio Valley waterways. 

The company paid the fine to the Environmental Protection Agency after 132 barrels of natural gas condensate leaked from its Moundsville pipeline. 

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A federal judge has set a July trial date in a coal company’s lawsuit against the top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official.

 

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling ordered a July 19 trial date in the case brought by coal giant Murray Energy against EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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State, federal and city officials will meet Tuesday in Huntington discuss revitalization efforts in the city.

The City of Huntington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a forum Tuesday December 8th to provide guidance on moving the city forward with a new revitalization plan. The forum is among the first of its kind under the EPA’s “Making a Visible Difference in Communities” initiative.

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the carbon material and chemical company Koppers Inc. The settlement is aimed at preventing oil spills into the Ohio River from the company’s Follansbee facility in Brooke County. The river provides drinking water to 5 million people and is widely used for recreation. 

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Wheeling Jesuit University's Appalachian Institute will hold a panel discussion on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

The discussion will take place on Wednesday night in the Center for Educational Technologies building on the Wheeling Jesuit campus.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule this week that would regulate methane gas pollution in the oil and gas industry. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the Obama administration wants to see emissions cut in half over the next decade.


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Can West Virginia comply with President Obama’s Clean Power Plan? And if so, at what cost?

Those are the questions Randy Huffman is trying to answer. Huffman is Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Huffman came on “The Front Porch” podcast to talk about how his agency is dealing with Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.

Here are 10 takeaways from our interview with Huffman that will (hopefully) help you understand the Clean Power Plan’s impact on West Virginia.

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One of the nation's largest coal mining companies will pay a $2 million federal fine for exceeding pollution discharge limits at Appalachian mines in several states.

The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the agreement with Arch Coal Inc. and its subsidiaries. It says excess releases of aluminum, manganese, iron and suspended solids occurred at mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia over the last six years. About 1,200 violations occurred, though 700 were resolved previously by state enforcement agencies in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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Sixteen states are banding together to ask the Obama administration to put its greenhouse gas limits for power plants on hold while they sue to stop them.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and 15 other attorneys general submitted their request in a letter Wednesday to the Environmental Protection Agency. They're asking the EPA to respond by Friday.

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