Virginia General Assembly Proposes Dangerous Clean Water Act Rewrite
Taken to its logical conclusion, [enforcing water quality violations] would mean no one gets renewals. We’d just shut down mining.
Stream monitoring and effluent toxicity testing are indispensable tools for enforcing the law when it comes to water pollution, and that is precisely why big coal is trying to curtail their use. What’s astounding is that the General Assembly has passed this coal industry bill tying our own state regulators’ hands by restricting their ability to use standard water testing.
Our opposition [to EPA's permit reviews] has been more about the process than it has been about the science. There is a lot of validity to the concerns about the downstream impacts. I think that’s the change in direction everyone is going to have to make to meet the downstream water quality requirements. I don’t see any choice but to reduce the impacts. – Randy Huffman, WVDEP Secretary, 1-06-2010, speaking with the Charleston Gazette on West Virginia’s new state policy on valleyfills