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West Virginia Senate postpones vote on water quality bill


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Sen. Corey Palumbo, right, confers with Sen. Charles Trump, bottom left, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, top left, about a bill that would alter water quality standards.
(NCWV Media photo by Rusty Marks)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Members of the state Senate postponed a vote Monday on a bill that would alter water quality discharge limits in the Mountain State.

Senate Bill 290 would change state water quality standards by allowing the secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to take into account the level of pollution in water going into a facility while issuing permits affecting the discharge that the facility can legally release into streams, according to Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan.

But the bill also would prohibit DEP from issuing water discharge standards that are stricter than federal limits.

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