Come celebrate the close of the legislative session with WVRC and allies from 11am-4pm in the Upper Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Charleston. We will have speakers, music, and food as we celebrate clean water and democracy! Learn more.
Thanks to the hard work of many delegates and the calls they received
from WVRC supporters, a strong water protection bill (SB 373) passed the
House this week and is on its way back to the Senate. An agreement on
the bill must be reached by midnight
the legislation to go to the Governor to sign. Here is an important
action to take today for clean water:
The House of Delegates passed a bill that creates a laundry list of
difficult and confusing elements for the DEP to consider before
responding to draft EPA Clean Air Act 111(d) rules that will first be
released in June. The bill is now being considered in the Senate and
will be up for a final vote tomorrow.
THERE ARE HIDDEN COSTS TO H.B. 4346
H.B. 4346 will drive up the state's cost of compliance with EPA standards.
H.B. 4346 will drive up power bills for W. Va. rate payers.
Utility companies Appalachian Power and Mon Power / Potomac Edison need flexibility with “in-the-fence” and “outside-the-fence” compliance options. This bill limits utility flexibility and will make it really expensive for the power companies to be in compliance.
SEVERELY LIMITING SOLUTIONS FOR FUTURE COMPLIANCE
H.B. 4346 jumps the gun by severely limiting solutions for compliance before WV knows what the standards will be. The EPA issues its draft rules in June, 2014.
“Outside-the-fence” compliance options like energy efficiency, renewables, or other low carbon resources would likely count toward compliance, but are absent from the bill.
CREATING UNCESSARY RISK OF FEDERAL TAKE OVER
H.B. 4346 unnecessarily constrains the WV DEP in its ability to develop a state implementation plan and creates a high level of risk that EPA would not approve WV's plan. In the event EPA disapproves WV's plan, the EPA could take over the state program.
ZERO PUBLIC INPUT
H.B. 4346 does not include transparent input from stakeholder groups like the Division of Energy, the Public Service Commission, Appalachian Power, Mon Power, the public, environmental groups, or policy experts on this issue.
ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL LEGISLATION DOES NOT FIT
H.B. 4346 is likely an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) bill – the same bill is going through the Kansas legislature right now with Kansas H.B. 2636 and other states including Arizona and Kentucky. Our state implementation plan will be very different than theirs. The one-size-fits-all legislation doesn't fit West Virginia's unique needs.
DO NOT PASS H.B. 4346Work with multiple stakeholders including the public, the Public Service Commission, DEP's Sustainability and Air Quality departments, power providers, environmental advocates, the WVU Law School Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, national Clean Air Act policy experts, coal and oil and gas industries, labor unions, energy efficiency experts, and other state leaders to develop a measurable, reasonable and achievable state implementation plan for regulating carbon emissions after the EPA issues its draft ruling in June, 2014.
H.B. 4411, a bad bill that permanently blows the tonnage caps off
both Class A & B landfills so that they may accept unlimited amounts of
Marcellus drilling waste is now working it's way through the Senate. As
amended by the Senate Government Organization Committee the bill no
longer contains a sunset provision, that put a time limit on how long
the landfills could continue to accept this waste. It would also allow
landfill to displace municipal solid waste with drill cuttings. With the
changes made by the Senate the bill will need to go back to the House
for concurrence. If the House does not agree, the bill will go to
conference committee to try to work out the differences.
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