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West Virginia environmental officials are looking for volunteers to clean up Little Coal River.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the Little Coal River cleanup will start Saturday morning in the Julian area. The river there is littered with an estimated 400 tires.

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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.

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Volunteers can sign up for next month's litter cleanup along West Virginia highways.

The Adopt-A-Highway program is a partnership between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Highways.

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Volunteers are gathering next month to help clean up the Kanawha River in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a news release the event is being held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 10. Cleanup sites are still being finalized.

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One of the largest coal operators in the region, Alpha Natural Resources, is striking deals so that the terms of its bankruptcy can be finalized in court. One deal protects hundreds of workers; another sets aside millions for environmental cleanup.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra brings us a flood recovery update after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin visited two of the hardest hit communities – Rainelle and Clendenin.

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Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines in Barbour, Nicholas and Preston counties.

News outlets report that West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal courts on April 20. The plaintiffs accuse West Virginia of violating the Clean Water Act by allowing excessive amounts of pollutants to discharge from the abandoned coal mine sites.

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West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has submitted a feasibility study to West Virginia lawmakers. The study focused on the state’s ability to meet proposed federal carbon emission regulations, and it was required by state law.

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Volunteers will take to the highways of West Virginia later this month for spring litter cleanup with the Adopt-A-Highway program.

The program is a partnership between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Department of Transportation's Division of Highways.

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West Virginia environmental officials have proposed a $93,000 fine on an Antero Resources natural gas company for polluting waterways.

In a consent order, state Department of Environmental Protection and Antero Midstream LLC agreed earlier this month on the proposed fines for northern West Virginia pipeline activity.

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A water advisory remains in effect in Pine Grove after an oil spill in a northern West Virginia creek.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports officials say Pine Grove residents still shouldn't use the town's water for anything but flushing toilets.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications to participate in the annual Make It Shine statewide cleanup.

This year's cleanup will be held during the first two weeks of April. The deadline to register is Feb. 28.

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A bankruptcy judge has approved a deal resolving a reclamation bond dispute between coal operator Alpha Natural Resources and West Virginia regulators.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens' order says the agreement is fair and equitable.

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West Virginia environmental officials say they're monitoring an underground coal mine fire in Preston County.

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Coal operator Alpha Natural Resources and West Virginia regulators have agreed on a deal resolving a dispute over the company's mine reclamation bonds.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha asked a bankruptcy court on Monday to approve a consent order with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

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Neighbors might detect the telltale scent of licorice as crews excavate soil contaminated by the 2014 Freedom Industries spill.

The excavation is scheduled to begin Monday at the site, which was the epicenter of a public water crisis for weeks. The spill into the Elk River left hundreds of thousands of residents in Charleston and neighboring counties without access to public water supplies.

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A contractor is set to begin excavating soil contaminated by the January 2014 chemical leak that fouled public water supplies for hundreds of thousands of people in Charleston and the surrounding region.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says the contractor hired by Freedom Industries will start digging Monday. Up to 10,000 tons of soil will be removed.

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A salvage yard business has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for failure to obtain a water pollution-control permit.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports USA Parts Supply will make the payment in increments of $616.

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State regulators will review public comments on proposed changes to West Virginia's water quality standards at a meeting this week.

A quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Water Quality Standards Program is set for Nov. 17 at the DEP's headquarters in Charleston.

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West Virginia environmental officials want to hear from the public on federal emissions regulations.

The Exponent-Telegram reports that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is accepting public comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan through the end of the year. The comments will help guide the department on a plan aimed at complying with the federal rule in West Virginia.

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On the same day Patriot Coal announced WARN notices had been sent to more than 1,000 Kanawha County miners, the company signed an agreement with West Virginia environmental regulators to ante up $50 million for mine reclamation projects.

The agreement with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection comes in the midst of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings in Richmond.

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About 300 Fayette County elementary school children will learn about water conservation, water science and aquatic life at the fifth annual Fayette County Water Festival.

The Register-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Uxbc64 ) that students will learn the various ways water impacts lives, from nutrition to recreation.

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Can West Virginia comply with President Obama’s Clean Power Plan? And if so, at what cost?

Those are the questions Randy Huffman is trying to answer. Huffman is Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Huffman came on “The Front Porch” podcast to talk about how his agency is dealing with Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.

Here are 10 takeaways from our interview with Huffman that will (hopefully) help you understand the Clean Power Plan’s impact on West Virginia.

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West Virginia environmental regulators are fining the Mingo County Public Service District $12,000 for releasing pollutants into a nearby waterway.

In a consent order signed by Mingo PSD Manager J.B. Heflin last month, the Department of Environmental Protection found issues around the Chattaroy collection system and pump station in Delbarton.

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Proctor & Gamble has joined a voluntary state program to address a pesticide found at the site of the company's planned manufacturing plant in Berkeley County.

Proctor & Gamble says in a statement to The Journal that a soil study found trace amounts of a pesticide used in the 1950s at the site. The company says there's no reason to believe there is a health hazard.

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West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.

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More than two dozen entities have received litter control grants from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP says it awarded matching grants totaling more than $71,000 to 28 solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities.

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Proposed revisions to West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed at a public hearing this week in Charleston.

The proposals include revising aquatic life criteria for selenium and aluminum. The Department of Environmental Protection says the revision was prompted by current research that better describes these elements' toxicity.

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State regulators are investigating a pipeline fire at a drilling pad in Tyler County.

The fire occurred early Friday at Jay Bee Oil & Gas' Gorby Marcellus Shale drilling pad in the Big Run area.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Jake Glance says there was a rupture in the natural gas pipeline on the pad. He tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the fire burned for about an hour before it was extinguished.

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A state study says it's unlikely that significant amounts of untreated natural gas drilling waste in landfills will get into groundwater or surface water.

The Department of Environmental Protection released the report Wednesday on drill cuttings in landfills.

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