Friday, March 18, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-19-'11
- Lincoln County Commissioners have unanimously passed a resolution urging Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to sign House Bill 2505 which bans the sale and possession of synthetic drugs. The legislature passed the bill during their last session. Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman says he believes the public doesn't realize the danger of synthetic drugs.
- Bayer CropScience announced Friday that it will not restart the transitional production of methyl isocyanate, or MIC, at its Institute site Kanawha County this year. Bayer officials say the company will begin the process of decommissioning the unit, and 220 people at Institute and another 80 at Woodbine, Georgia, will lose their jobs as a result. Following a 2010 agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bayer had agreed to phase out production of its Temik brand insecticide after the 2012 crop year. About 17 present and former Kanawha County residents had sued Bayer to prevent the restart of the MIC unit. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin had issued a temporary restraining order preventing the startup and had scheduled a March 21st hearing to consider a permanent injunction.
- West Virginia lawmakers have fixed 13 bills vetoed because of technical errors. The seven House and six Senate bills include one increasing ethics disclosure requirement for public officials. Another offers water utility rate relief for low-income seniors. One provides short-term loans for unemployment benefits. The other creates the Cabinet Department of Veterans' Assistance. Other bills address court and mining-related fees, specialty license plates, and access to cemeteries on private land. Measures regulating optometrists, social workers, medical aides, health programs and water quality standards also were corrected.
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