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West Virginia Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

West Virginia Groundwater Protection Act: West Virginia Code (WV Code) 22-12-1 to 22-12-14 and regulations at West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 47-58-1 to 47-58-12

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Water quality program:

Prohibitions: WV Reg. 47-58-7

Groundwater protection fund fees: WV Reg. 47-55-3

Penalties: WV Reg. 47-56-1 to 47-56-7 and WV Reg. 47-56, Tables

Groundwater quality standards: WV Reg. 46-12-1 to 46-12-4

Maximum concentration of constituents: WV Reg. 46-12, Appendix A

Regulatory Agencies

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Public Health Office of Environmental Health Services Environmental Engineering Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. West Virginia has a Groundwater Protection Rule that applies to the waters in the consolidated and unconsolidated aquifers of the state. The West Virginia regulations for groundwater protection, monitoring, and remediation are similar to the federal RCRA regulations, with two notable exceptions: specific groundwater fees and the state's List of Maximum Concentration of Constituents for Groundwater Protection both of which are included herein. See the national section GROUNDWATER for additional guidance.

The state also has rules to protect public water supplies under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). For more information about public water supply requirements, see the national section DRINKING WATER.

Administration and enforcement. DEP ...


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