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Senate passes ‘Cancer Creek’ bill

Staff report

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate passed and sent to the governor on March 28 the controversial water quality bill opponents dubbed the “Cancer Creek” bill.

Senators also passed and sent back to the House an ethics bill dealing with nepotism and public contracts.

The gas well mineral interest up for passage March 27 and 28, SB 576, was punted for the second time and is on third reading again March 29.

The water bill is HB 2506. It changes how the Department of Environmental Protection determines human health criteria for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for discharges into rivers and streams by manufacturing facilities, by using an annual average instead of a 10-year low-flow method.

HB 2506 passed 20-13 with one Republican voting no.

HB 2001 deals with the composition of the Ethics Commission, nepotism and private company disclosure of interested parties in public contracts. It was up for passage March 27 but action was delayed a day to allow for an amendment.

Senators approved the amendment and passed the bill 33-0. It goes back to the House for agreement on the amendment.

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