10:37 am
Fri December 12, 2014

W.Va. Officials: Water Regulations Hard to Enforce

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West Virginia environmental officials say the state lacks a strong program to deter falsification of coal company water samples.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Department of Environmental Protection officials made that observation Thursday at a regulatory board hearing. The state Environmental Quality Board did not rule on an appeal by Appalachian Laboratories Inc., which lost its Clean Water Act certification after an employee pleaded guilty to falsifying water quality samples.

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Public Services
6:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Public Utilities Say Too Much Regulation From State

Delegates listen as Paul Calamita, counsel for the West Virginia Municipal Water Quality Association, addresses regulatory concerns.
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A study paid for by local public water systems says the state public service commission over-regulates the utilities and is preventing them from providing better service to their customers.

The study was paid for by the West Virginia Rural Water Association, Municipal Water Quality Association, the West Virginia section of American Water Works Association and the West Virginia Water Environment Association.

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Infrastructure Improvements
6:29 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Lincoln Co. Awarded Federal Clean Water Grant

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Lincoln County has been awarded more than a million dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend clean water services in the county.

The rural development grant completes a multi-million dollar financial package for the Lincoln County project.

Congressman Nick Rahall's office announced the funding yesterday and says the project will serve an additional 81 families in the Lower Mud River area.

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Water quality
7:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

USDA Funds Sent to Logan PSD

Residents served by the Logan County Public Service District are expected to see improvements to water systems. Funds announced Wednesday are expected to help improve the water quality and quantity for areas in two counties.

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6:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Senators Bring Local Issues to Senate Floor

Senators Bob Williams and Bill Cole on the Senate floor.
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Two senators rose to speak on the floor Wednesday about local issues they feel could have larger state impacts.

Senator Bill Laird brought to the chambers attention the possible closure of the Hawk’s Nest Golf Course in Fayette County.

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Chemical Leak
2:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Delegates Advance Water Legislation after Debating 50 Amendments

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Members of the House Judiciary Committee spent more than 9 hours debating and discussing 50 amendments to Senate Bill 373 Sunday into Monday.

The bill is meant to regulate above ground storage tanks and protect the state’s water resources in response to the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston that resulted in the contamination of 300,000 West Virginians’ drinking water.

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Chemical Leak
12:36 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Rockefeller Still Skeptical of W.Va. Water Safety

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller is still skeptical about safety of drinking water for 300,000 Charleston-area residents.
At an appearance Friday in Charleston, the West Virginia Democrat said he would not drink tap water when he is visiting the capital city, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

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Chemical Leak
6:31 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Governor Tomblin Lifts State of Emergency Seven Weeks After Elk River Spill

W. Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted the state of emergency over contaminated water.
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted a state of emergency for nine counties in West Virginia that were affected by a chemical spill into the Elk River by Freedom Industries that tainted the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents.

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Chemical Leak
10:59 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Delegates Want Special Session Focusing On Water, House Speaker & Judiciary Chair Disagree

Del. Meshea Poore
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Delegate Meshea Poore has asked Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session to focus solely on legislation to protect the state’s water supply. She's received bipartisan support in her request from more than 20 delegates, including many from the nine counties directly affected by the water crisis.

However, House Speaker Tim Miley and Judiciary Chair Tim Manchin disagree and say that deliberations on Senate Bill 373 will continue.

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5:21 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Constitutional Amendments Make it One Step Closer to Nov. Ballot

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In a rare occurrence at the statehouse, Senators debated three possible Constitutional Amendments on the floor, changes that will ultimately be sent to the people for their approval.     

Senate Joint Resolution 10 proposes a Constitutional Amendment designating the right to hunt and fish for West Virginians.

Sen. Corey Palumbo amended the resolution on the floor Wednesday, clarifying that the people of West Virginia have the right to hunt and fish the state’s game, but the state still maintains the ability to regulate those activities.

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11:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Law Works - Safety of Our Water Supply

The Law Works is a weekly television series that addresses legal issues of concern to residents of West Virginia.
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The Legislature Today
7:17 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Rx-Pseudoephedrine Amendments Fail, Brunch Bill Passes House, Sens. Green & Hall on Wyoming Water

Senators vote on seven bills, reject one, and also down amendments to the prescription-only pseudoephedrine bill. The House of Delegates passes a bill to expand the hours of alcohol sales at some businesses to include Sunday brunch. Senators Mike Green and Daniel Hall talk about Wyoming County's own water issues and what they're hoping to do to solve the problem.

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West Virginia Morning
10:49 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Senate Moves on Rx-Only Psuedoepehedrine, House Reacts to Public Hearing, Del. Manypenny on Water

The Senate moves a bill that would make pseudoephedrine prescription-only as a Schedule IV controlled substance, the House of Delegates reacts to Monday's public hearing on SB 373. As Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources, Del. Mike Manypenny has big questions and concerns over the water after this month's chemical spill.

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The Legislature Today
7:14 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Talks Chemical Spill Investigation, Legislative Audits, & More

The Senate moves a bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, the House of Delegates weighs public comments in regards to the Senate's water protection and above-ground storage tank regulation bill, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talks about a his office's investigation on the chemical spill, price gouging, and the need for more legislative audits.

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Chemical Leak
11:39 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Is There Something In The Water?

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Water: It flows through our very blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells. It flushes waste from our bodies, cushions our joints and allows us to digest and absorb food. The average adult human body is about 60 percent water. Perhaps it’s not surprising that so many are still offended and disturbed by the water crisis in the Kanawha Valley—“Kanawha” which, by the way, means “water way.”

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West Virginia PBS
11:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Law Works - Control of Chemicals

(L-R) The Law Works Host Dan Ringer with Prof. Patrick C. McGinley, WVU College of Law.
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12:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Marshall Scientist Found Formaldehyde in Charleston Water

We'll have our own story up soon but, in the meantime, we wanted to provide you this piece that just went up from The Charleston Gazette.
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Marshall scientist found formaldehyde in Charleston water CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Marshall University environmental scientist and member of the state Environmental Quality Board said today that he has found formaldehyde in local water samples and that the continued lack of data on the chemical that leaked into the Elk River is very concerning.
West Virginia Morning
11:22 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill, House Debates Constitutionality, & Medical Timeouts

  The Senate passes a bill to regulate storage facilities like the one involved in this month's chemical leak at Freedom Industries in hopes to prevent another contamination of water supplies, the House of Delegates debates the constitutionality of a bill from that chamber, and the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission enacts rules to youth prevent concussions.

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3:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Charleston (The Town for Extreme Tourists)

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Like many others, I’m distressed and angry about the chemical leak that fouled my city’s water supply and turned off the taps for three hundred thousand taxpayers. But I can’t sustain my outrage without a dose of laughter now and then. And it occurs to me that Charleston may want to consider looking for a niche in the extreme tourism market. So, with the help of my co-writer and accompanist, George Castelle, I’ve put my thoughts into a song:

Charleston—the town inimical

Hip, historic, cool and chemical

Yes, there's sludge, and it could spill

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2:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A Much Worse Water Crisis Is Happening In This Tiny West Virginia Mountain Town

After Jessica Lilly reported on parts of Wyoming County that have lacked safe water for months, Business Insider picked up on the story and provided this follow up. We've gotten numerous inquiries from around the region from those asking how they can help the citizens of Wyoming County and donations are starting to pour in.
While the area around Charleston, West Virginia recovers from a chemical leak that shut down water supplies for a week, with ongoing concerns about water safety, another part of the state hasn't had clean water for five months. It hasn't made a lot of headlines, but then again the town of Bud (population 487) rarely does.