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WV Senate Committee Votes To Weaken Water Quality Standards

Reported: Jan. 23, 2014 11:55 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 10:29 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Elizabeth Noreika, Bethany Simmons) - The recent chemical spill into the Elk River that left water contaminated for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, was addressed Thursday at the state Capitol.

The West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee voted to weaken water quality standards.

The committee voted unanimously to change standards for the amount of aluminum allowed in streams.

The proposal would change the water quality standards for aluminum from a fixed standard to one that is indexed to the water's harness value.

Groups like the Sierra Club said this weakens water quality standards and water protection in the state.



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