WV Rivers News: WQS Update; Pipeline Action Alert; Tucker Co. River Party; Mon Forest
Action Alert: Comments Needed on Mountain Valley Pipeline by June 22
Your comments needed by June 22! The Mountain Valley Pipeline has applied for a Water Quality Certification from the WV Department of Environmental Protection. This permit is required by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to ensure that a project can meet water quality standards. The WVDEP has the authority to approve, approve with special conditions, or deny MVP’s application.
We urge you to contact the WVDEP today. Tell them MVP’s water quality certification should be denied.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline would impact 4.2 miles of streams and 12.4 acres of wetlands in West Virginia. MVP’s construction has already violated water quality standards in approximately 50 streams and wetlands. WVDEP has fined MVP on two separate occasions totaling over $500,000 for their negligent construction practices which created conditions not allowable in waters of the state. Tell WVDEP to protect our water resources from this proven disaster of a project and deny MVP’s application.
Want to do more? WVDEP will be holding a virtual public hearing on MVP’s water quality certification on June 22 at 6:00pm. Join the hearing via Zoom, or join by phone at 1-646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 898 4187 6081; Passcode: 765886.
Workgroup Makes Water Quality Standards Recommendations
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After a year of virtual meetings with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, environmental advocates and industry, the human health criteria workgroup, which WV Rivers is a member of, submitted proposed recommended updates to the WVDEP Cabinet Secretary. Unfortunately, the group did not reach consensus on the recommendations and WV Rivers does not agree with the final proposal. You can read the workgroup’s report here.
Environmental advocates agreed with EPA’s methodology and recommended adoption of all updates where EPA recommends WV’s standards need to be strengthened to adequately protect human health. The industry representatives, however, insisted on including a loophole that would allow standards to be weakened on a site-specific basis. The WVDEP has set a public hearing for July 19 on the proposed recommendations. We’ll be sending out more details on how to express your concerns about this rule’s impact on public health soon.
Save the Date! Join us for a Rivers Celebration in beautiful Tucker County on Saturday, July 17.
During the day, we’re hosting free, family friendly activities both on and off the river in Hendricks, WV.
In the evening, join our ticketed after party featuring live music, buffet dinner from White Grass Cafe, and libations! Adult tickets to the after party (including two alcoholic beverages) are $40, kids tickets (ages 10-15) are $15. Kids under 10 are free! Purchase your tickets!