(05/31/2016)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has completed its review and taken action on the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (WVDEP) 2014 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) list of impaired waters.

Among those streams already designated as impaired by the state is the Little Kanawha River, the river not meeting current water quality standards for aquatic life.<

EPA has partially approved the list of 1,157 waterways designated as impaired, and is opposing to add 61 streams to the list under the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

Many West Virginia politicians are opposed to the Clean Water Act with efforts to abolish or downgrade it, mostly because they blame it for killing King Coal and eliminating jobs.

Many West Virginia streams, including the Ohio River, have been cited for years for too much mercury, with warnings about eating fish.

A few other regional waterways in the area declared impaired, Hughes River and Steer Creek.


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