CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Land Restoration has scheduled public hearings on two proposed legislative rules. Both hearings will be held at 6 p.m. in the Coopers Rock Training Room at DEP headquarters in Charleston (601 57th Street SE).
A July 28 hearing has been set for 60CSR3, the “Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment” rule. This rule establishes the eligibility, procedures, standards and legal documents required for voluntary and brownfield environmental cleanups. The proposed rule amendment would update Table 60-3B (the De Minimis Table), which is used extensively during risk-based cleanups to determine whether environmental contamination at a site being evaluated under the rule exceeds levels that would be protective of human health. The update would incorporate revised U.S. EPA exposure factors, toxicity criteria and physiochemical parameters, and also risk-based groundwater de minimis values that now include exposure via dermal contact. The amendment would also incorporate some minor changes that, together with the table updates, would align the state’s values with national standards.
The public hearing on proposed legislative rule 33CSR41, “Awarding of Matching Grants for Local Litter Control Programs,” is set for Aug. 11. The rule, which would replace 58CSR6, sets guidelines and procedures for providing matching assistance grants to counties and municipalities for the initiation and administration of the litter control program. The proposed change identifies the program as being under the jurisdiction of the DEP. When originally established, the program was under the Division of Natural Resources but in 2005 was placed under the A. James Manchin Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) within the DEP.
Both proposed rules, along with other agency proposed rules for the 2017 legislative session, can be read in their entirety on the DEP’s website here: http://www.dep.wv.gov/pio/Pages/Rules.aspx
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