West Virginia regulators are sticking with their proposal to change the way water-quality standards are calculated.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a document made public Friday insists the decision "does not automatically" translate into an increase in the amount of cancer-causing chemicals allowed to be discharged into state rivers and streams.
The state Department of Environmental Protection also revealed that it's dropping another proposal that would have eliminated a requirement for public notices in newspapers for some types of air pollution permits.
The DEP's decisions on both of the rule changes were filed with the Secretary of State's Office on Friday, along with other annual agency rule changes. The filing was to meet a legal deadline for the rules to be submitted for legislative review next year.