By ERIN BECK
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia state senators on Thursday voted to give industry two years before stronger water quality standards, first recommended by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015, could be implemented.
While Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan and the Senate Judiciary Chair, has said that neither industry nor advocates for clean water were satisfied with the bill, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association said they agreed to it while advocates for clean water said they did not.
Senate Bill 163 passed 20-12 in the Senate, mostly along party lines, and now goes to the House of Delegates.
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