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DEP open to change plan to drop newspaper notices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Department of Environmental Protection officials are open to potential changes in their proposal to eliminate newspaper public notice requirements for some types of air pollution permits, DEP Secretary Randy Huffman said Monday.

“We’re going to hear from folks and we have the ability to make changes,” Huffman said.

Huffman made his comments in an interview just prior to a Monday evening public hearing and the close of a public comment period on the rule change, proposed by DEP Division of Air Quality Director Fred Durham as part of the agency’s larger annual package of regulatory rewrites and updates.

The proposal would eliminate two types of newspaper public notices that currently must be published for “minor sources” seeking air pollution emissions permits…

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