West Virginia Environment - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

West Virginia Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of West Virginia's Environmental Rules


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In West Virginia, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP is responsible for protecting West Virginia's land, water, and air from pollution. West Virginia has adopted federal environmental regulations by reference for most programs and many additional rules that are more stringent than federal rules. West Virginia DEP has been delegated the authority by EPA to administer and enforce air quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, water quality, mining, oil and gas, and other programs and functions. Workplace safety and hazard communication rules are administered by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


West Virginia's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan detailing the methods by which the state will implement, maintain, and enforce of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must submit a SIP to EPA for approval. West Virginia's SIP was officially submitted in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, hazardous air pollutants, and numerous other air-related requirements.

DEP's Division of Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing West Virginia's air pollution rules.


The West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act provides for the state's water quality standards and establishes permitting requirements that may affect state waters. West Virginia has received federal National Pollution Discharge ...

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