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West Virginia: "DEP Plans To Tailor Chemical Tank Inspections"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Department of Environmental Protection officials plan to announce as early as Tuesday a proposed rule outlining a focused plan for mandated inspections of thousands of chemical storage tanks across West Virginia and — Tomblin administration officials hope — ease concerns about implementation of the state’s new tank safety law."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 09/10/2014

"DuPont Agrees To $1.3M in Chemical Leak Fines"

"DuPont Co. has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million in fines to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve violations the EPA cited after a string of 2010 chemical leaks, including one that killed a worker at the company’s plant in Belle, EPA officials announced Wednesday."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 08/28/2014

"America’s Coal Heartland Is in Economic Freefall"

"LOGAN, W.Va. — For 51 years he’d lived in the same hollow and for two decades he’d performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said “market conditions” made coal production unviable.

Source: Wash Post, 08/28/2014

"Drilling-Related Health Registry Never Implemented"

"HARRISBURG — An unfinished piece of business with state oversight of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling continues to rear its head. That’s the matter of how Pennsylvania should track and evaluate potential public health problems caused by hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking."

Source: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice, 08/25/2014

U.S. Agency: West Virginia DHHR Can’t Handle Chemical Incidents

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources lacks a program and properly trained staff to assess community-wide chemical exposures like those that followed the Elk River chemical leak in January, federal public health officials said in a new review made public Tuesday."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 08/20/2014

"Fly Ash Plan Involves Dump With History of Leaks"

"CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Dominion Virginia Power's plan to close its coal-fired power plant on the Elizabeth River would leave nearly a million tons of fly ash in a waste dump that has leaked arsenic and other contaminants into groundwater for more than a decade, company documents show.:"

Source: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 08/19/2014

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