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Last month the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt chose an eastern Kentucky mining town as the venue to announce his intent to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule that sought to limit greenhouse gas emissions. On Tuesday the agency returned to coal country to conduct its only public hearing on the matter in Charleston, West Virginia.

EPA Gathers Coal Country Comments about Climate Plan Repeal

Nov 28, 2017

The coal industry and environmentalists are squaring off at a two-day public hearing over the Trump administration's planned repeal of an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding the only scheduled hearing on the reversal in Charleston, West Virginia. The state is heavily dependent on coal mining.

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The Trump administration announced Thursday it will hold a public hearing in West Virginia on its plan to nullify an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. The state is economically dependent on coal mining.

The Environmental Protection Agency will take comments on its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Charleston, the state capital, on Nov. 28 and 29.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will support three environmental education and revitalization projects in Monongalia, Preston, Tucker and Upshur Counties.

$30,000 will go to the Friends of Decker’s Creek to coordinate water quality improvement projects, including workshops, field trips, stream restoration, acid mine drainage remediation and water treatment facility improvements.    

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Solicitor General Elbert Lin is leaving soon to return to the private sector.

Morrisey announced Lin's impending departure Thursday.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Environmental Protection Agency will provide $1.6 million toward redevelopment projects in the state.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the EPA awards include $600,000 for the Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning and Development Council.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order expanding the area for required testing of water wells for the chemical C8.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that C8 was used for years to manufacture Teflon at a Wood County DuPont plant. A science panel has since discovered a link between C8 and illnesses, including certain cancers.

Coal Stock Pile

A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

A federal judge in West Virginia has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must evaluate the impact its air pollution regulations have had on power generating jobs.

The Register-Herald reports that U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey ruled on Monday that the EPA must comply with a federal code requiring it to evaluate its regulations. He ordered the EPA to file a plan and schedule for compliance to the federal code within 14 days.

Jim Justice
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Federal officials have reached a settlement requiring $5 million in upgrades to prevent further pollution by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement with Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliates Friday.

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A federal appeals court has once again upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's veto of a permit for a mountaintop mining proposal in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the EPA's veto in a 2-1 vote Tuesday.

Clarksburg Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting for a hazardous waste site in Clarksburg that could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The Exponent Telegram reports city manager Martin Howe says the May 24 meeting will be at the North View Fire Station.

Clarksburg Superfund Site

A hazardous waste site in Clarksburg could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding the former North 25th Street Glass and Zinc property to its priority list. The EPA says the site poses public health and environmental threats.

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.
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The Supreme Court has left intact a federal rule that targets mercury pollution — giving the Environmental Protection Agency time to fix legal problems and come out with a revision by April.

West Virginia and Texas led a coalition of 20 states that wanted the court to block the rule while the government decided how to account for its costs.

Revitalize Huntington Forum
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Huntington officials have joined forces with state and federal agencies to develop a plan for boosting economic development in the city. A forum held Tuesday focused on cleaning up toxic industrial sites, dealing with blighted areas and developing the waterfront. Huntington could become a model for other cities dealing with similar issues.

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West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.

EPA Awards Brownfields Grants to Huntington

Jul 7, 2015

Former industrial sites in Huntington will soon be getting a facelift thanks to federal grant dollars awarded to the city.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced grants totaling $400,000 for the city of Huntington Tuesday as a part of the agency’s brownfields program. A brownfield in a former industrial or commercial site prohibited from development because of environmental contamination. The grants will allow the city to clean up multiple industrial sites including a property that sits on 3rd avenue just down from Marshall University’s campus.

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A federal appeals court has thrown out a pair of lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's plan to address climate change.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the lawsuits are premature because the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency is not yet final.

Fracking, Fluid
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Despite statements from industry officials and political leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say their new study of the nation's natural gas boom should not be described as proof the nation's water supplies are safe from hydraulic fracturing.

The Charleston Gazette reports the EPA's science adviser and deputy administrator Thomas A. Burke says the message of the report is that vulnerabilities in the water have been identified and they are important to know about and address to keep risks as low as possible.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll have a report from a hearing conducted by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito yesterday in Beckley about how the EPA’s emission control plan will affect southern West Virginia. 

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  Federal regulators say CSX Transportation has agreed to a long-term plan for cleaning up and restoring the area around a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia.

Under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order released Friday, CSX must submit a comprehensive plan within three weeks.

Investigators have not determined what caused 27 of the CSX train's 109 cars to go off the tracks during a Feb. 16 snowstorm in Mount Carbon.  

At the legislature today, the House approves a bill that inserts the legislature into the state Department of Environmental Protection’s plans to comply with US EPA carbon emission standards. That measure now goes to the senate where passage is expected. And a year after the Kanawha Valley water crisis, things are back to normal for the 300,000 West Virginians affected, but some residents of McDowell County are just getting clean water after years without it. A special report on water and more coming up on The Legislature Today.

Legislature Wants to Approve State Energy Plan

Feb 2, 2015
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Stakeholders are weighing in on whether lawmakers should get to vote on state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants.
     At a House public hearing Monday, speakers discussed a bill requiring the GOP-led Legislature's vote before the state sends compliance plans to the EPA. It requires a state feasibility report 180 days after EPA's rule is finalized.
     Environmentalists said legislative approval would be burdensome. Coal industry groups said lawmakers should have more say.

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Localities across West Virginia are seeking a share of more than $3 million in assessment and clean-up grants through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kentucky pastors sound off about gay marriage.

A former addict urges drug courts to address the roots of addiction.

The America Legion says the VA is a system worth saving.


West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.   Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.  He visited Charleston yesterday.


West Virginia Morning
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What does the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling about Virginia's gay marriage ban mean for West Virginia? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins a week of public hearings about it's Clean Power Plan and business owners in Huntington think about what to do next after a large fire Sunday in a building downtown. 

EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans

Jul 28, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan.  The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.  Each hearing last two days.

The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.

Corey Meadows has been working as a coal miner for eight years. In coalfield counties like Logan, Wyoming and McDowell Workforce data shows coal is still king, remaining one of the top employers and providing some of the highest paying jobs. The coal mining industry supplied close to 21,000 jobs in West Virginia in the 4th quarter of 2013. Those jobs generated about half a billion dollars in earned wages to miners with an average weekly wage of about $1,700; some of the highest paying jobs in the state.

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Since this week’s announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposing new regulations that will require states to cut carbon dioxide emission by 2030, West Virginia lawmakers and industry representatives alike have spoken out against them.

The scientific community, however, is speaking out in support of the changes, some even saying they don’t go far enough to combat the growing issues of climate change.