The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management has scheduled a public hearing and comment period on emergency rule changes to 47CSR2, “ Requirements Governing Water Quality Standards.” The DEP proposes an emergency rule to make a site-specific exception to the half-mile rule so that it shall not apply to the Ohio River main channel (between Brown’s Island and the left descending bank) between river mile points 61.0 and 63.5. The site-specific exemption currently in the rule expires September 1, 2010
The hearing will take place April 1 at 6 p.m. in the Coopers Rock Training Room at the DEP’s headquarters, located at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304. In addition to oral comments provided at the hearing, the agency will accept written comments at any time up to April 5, 2010. No comments will be accepted after that date. Written comments may be submitted to Kathy Cosco, Public Information Office, at the above address. Comments may also be e-mailed to Linda.B.Keller@wv.gov
Comments will be made part of the record. Copies of the emergency rule and other rule documents are available from the Secretary of State’s office or from the agency at http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/Programs/wqs. You may also obtain hardcopies of this information by calling Gloria Shaffer at (304)926-0499, ext. 1033.