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The Fight Over 'Ephemeral' Waterways, and More

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Some farmers and mining companies support a Trump administration change to clean water protections. But scientists in the region say the change will threaten small but important waterways.

That story from the Ohio Valley ReSource and more, on this West Virginia Morning.

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Also, The Pennsylvania Department of Health says there is no cancer cluster in a Washington County school district near Pittsburgh. But those who’ve been affected by the high occurrence of rare tumors there want the state to take a closer look. They want to know if the natural gas industry or other environmental causes could be to blame.

The Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to remove federal protections for what are called “ephemeral” waterways. The dispute concerns streams and wetlands that only occasionally have water. The Obama administration included those in its “Waters of the U.S” rule. The Trump administration would remove them. Liam Niemeyer reports some Ohio Valley scientists say water quality and wildlife are at stake, while farmers and developers fear excessive regulation. 

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