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Water quality bill advances out of West Virginia House


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A water quality bill advocates referred to as “common sense” advanced out of the House Thursday morning.

S.B. 290, which addresses discharge into the water and water quality standards, heads to the Governor’s desk on an 88-9 vote in the House.

“The purpose of the first part of the bill is to say when dirty water is taken in by a facility and dirty water is taken out of that facility that if the facility has done nothing to it but simply pump it in and pump it out … if its the same water going in as the same water going out, then that does not constitute discharge for the purposes of clean water liability,” Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, said on the floor.

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