Sustained Outrage

More on ‘Cancer Creek’ and the WVDEP

We published another story in Sunday’s Gazette-Mail about the ongoing controversy over the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed water quality standards, this one focused on the renewed fight by the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation over one of those changes:

A coalition of construction unions is again taking up the fight against what it says is an effort to weaken West Virginia’s water quality standards.

The Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation — which defeated what it called the “Cancer Creek” bill more than two decades ago — is urging the state Department of Environmental Protection to abandon its proposal to change the way agency officials calculate water pollution limits for cancer-causing chemicals.

“We opposed it then, and we’re opposing it now,” said Steve White, director of the ACT Foundation, the research, advertising and public relations arm of the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council.

Last week, the DEP proposal drew about three dozen people to a public hearing in Charleston. No one spoke in favor of the change proposed by the DEP Division of Water and Waste Management.

And then on Monday, the WVDEP finally made public all of the public comments submitted in writing during the agency’s public comment period. You can read those here: