Sunday, January 16, 2011


Interstate Coal And Use Act Bill Introduced

The Interstate Coal and Use Act bill co-sponsored by Delegate Rupert Phillips, D-Lincoln, and Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, was introduced for consideration during a brief Friday morning session in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Proposed legislation would help West Virginia bypass the EPA's ability to issue mining permits. The bill says that mining manufactures have to meet all the same strict standards as the current federal EPA requirements call for. Under its current form, the bill would allow West Virginia to issue mining permits for mining operations within the state. The legislation would only work if all mining products were operated and sold within the state. The bill will be sent to several committees, including the Natural Resource Committee, before being sent to the house floor for readings and further discussion.

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