Climate Eye – Week 2

PFAS – “Forever Chemicals” 

WV Rivers and E-Council lobbyists are hard at work on the PFAS Protection Act, and ask that you support them by completing this petition to legislators asking them to co-sponsor the bill.

For more information on PFAS, please see WV Rivers’s information page or join us for an in-person panel discussion this Wednesday from 7-8:30pm at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at Shepherd University. Delegate Evan Hansen (D-Monongalia) will discuss a bill regulating PFAS he will be introducing in this session of the West Virginia Legislature. The panel will also include Jenna Dodson, Staff Scientist at the WV Rivers Coalition, and Brent Walls with Potomac Riverkeeper. You can also join a 30-minute lunch-and-learn webinar this Thursday, January 26, at noon for folks to learn more about PFAS contamination in West Virginia’s water and the PFAS Protection Act.

Community Solar

HB 2159 regarding community solar, which would allow consumers to access the benefits of local solar energy in the form of bill credits without having to install solar panels on their property, continues to be a priority for WV Environmental Council partners and members including WV CAG. Please support this work by taking action with Solar United Neighbors.

Public Lands Update

SB 161 and 162, the first bills to hit the governor’s desk this session, pertain to the DNR’s authorization “to manage and dispose of property,” and allowing the “Director of DNR to lease state-owned pore spaces in certain areas for carbon sequestration.” These bills are clearly making way for large projects across the state, including a future hydrogen hub, which WV CAG and our coalition partners will continue to follow. Read more about the bills here and here

Legislative Control Over the PSC

CAG staff and our coalition partners are also keeping an eye on a number of bills involving the Public Service Commission, the entity charged with regulating and enforcing the practices and rates of public utilities in West Virginia. Of particular note is SB 245 which would give the legislature rulemaking oversight over the PSC. Read here for more information.

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