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West Virginia environmental regulators are rescinding approval for building the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia for 195 miles.

In a letter Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection said it's vacating the water quality certification issued in March, which followed review of the projected impact on the state's waters and public hearings.

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Water quality service fees will be increasing for some customers in West Virginia.

The Herald-Dispatch reports when the fee began in 2014 in the Huntington area, it was scheduled to be a flat $7.15 for residential and non-residential property owners for two years. That was while the Water Quality Board conducted mapping of impervious surfaces — man-made structures contributing to water runoff — on non-residential properties.

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If you live near a mining site – either old or active - is your health at risk? That’s what a committee from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine is trying to find out.

 

Water Quality Bill Debated in House of Delegates

Mar 2, 2017
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On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the House of Delegates where lawmakers passed a bill yesterday that either attracts new industry or puts the state’s drinking water at risk and Ashton Marra talks with state Auditor J. B. McCuskey about the implementation the state’s new computer system.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The House voted on a bill Wednesday that aligns West Virginia's standards for some discharges into the state’s waters with federal limits. Opponents say the bill could put West Virginia’s drinking water supply at risk, but supporters maintain it has the potential to attract new industry to the state.

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West Virginia regulators are sticking with their proposal to change the way water-quality standards are calculated.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a document made public Friday insists the decision "does not automatically" translate into an increase in the amount of cancer-causing chemicals allowed to be discharged into state rivers and streams.

  On this West Virginia Morning, lawmakers worked during the 2016 Legislative session to reclassify the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, giving the program new opportunities for partnerships and expansion. 

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State regulators will review public comments on proposed changes to West Virginia's water quality standards at a meeting this week.

A quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Water Quality Standards Program is set for Nov. 17 at the DEP's headquarters in Charleston.

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West Virginia is no stranger to issues surrounding water quality. In recent years, reports on the effects of acid mine drainage and the questioned safety of fracking waste have made headlines. 

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West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed during a public meeting this week.

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Proposed revisions to West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed at a public hearing this week in Charleston.

The proposals include revising aquatic life criteria for selenium and aluminum. The Department of Environmental Protection says the revision was prompted by current research that better describes these elements' toxicity.

Republican House and Senate Begin Repeals

Jan 16, 2015
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On this episode of West Virginia Morning, We bring you our fifth and final installment of our series Water in the Coalfields and our mountain stage song of the week.

Governor Tomblin Outlines 2015 Agenda

Jan 15, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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One this episode of West Virginia Morning, Governor Tomblin emphasized reaching across the aisle and moving the state forward last night during his state of the state address. And we continue our series on water quality.

Water Quality Effects on Health

Jan 14, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, incoming legislative leaders tell us what they would like to hear from Governor Tomblin in his State of the State address tonight. And our water quality series continues with a look at the health effects of polluted water.

State Revenues Still in Shortfall

Jan 13, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss gives reporters an overview of the state’s budget challenges and Jessica Lilly continues her series of reports about water quality in southern West Virginia. 

1939 Law Affects the Price for Gas

Jan 12, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers are discussing the price of gasoline in the state.  And Jessica Lilly begins a series of reports about water quality in southern West Virginia.

Morgantown Delays Heavy Truck Ban

Nov 19, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, the chair of the Public Service Commission responds to a report that the state over regulates public water utilities.  And the city council in Morgantown has decided to delay an ordinance banning certain truck traffic downtown.

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On West Virginia Morning, an unusual use for twitter.  In Kanawha County, an emergency coordinator is using the social media site to inform citizens where heroin overdoses occur.  And we’ll meet artist Janice Summers-Young who makes art from anything she finds.

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Ashton Marra reports on the preliminary findings from federal investigators about the January chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in nine counties.  In Pennsylvania, residents in one town believe gas drilling is contaminating their drinking water.  Clark Davis reports from Matewan as residents work to turn their town around and you'll want to try yoga after young Ian Gardner in Hinton tells you all about it.

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Bills relating to abortion, drilling waste, and the attorney general's office that were controversial in the House now make their way through the Senate. The House Judiciary Committee discusses expanding pretrial release programs. Soon-to-be-retiring Senator Brooks McCabe discusses the future of West Virginia through his thoughts on teacher pay raises, sustainable water quality, and the future fund.

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