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In opposition

West Virginia Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, speaks on the House floor Friday in opposition to a rule that weakens some water quality standards and cedes legislative oversight of site-specific revisions to human health criteria. “It’s a sign of this topsy-turvy world that we live in today that the other side of the aisle wants to remove themselves from weighing in on what the DEP does,” Hansen said.

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a legislative rule that cedes its own power to review site-specific revisions to human health criteria and weakens water quality standards for probable carcinogens in line with federal recommendations.

The state Department of Environmental Protection-proposed rule would quicken the public review process for evaluating future adjustments to water toxin levels deemed acceptable.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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