West Virginia Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

West Virginia Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pollution prevention and compliance assistance: West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 47-3-1 to 47-3-5

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Definitions: WV Reg. 47-3-2

Imminent Hazards: WV Reg. 47-3-5

Pollution prevention and open dumps: WV Code 22-15-11(h)(3)

Regulatory Agencies

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

DEP Division of Air Quality Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)

Pollution Prevention Services

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 generally follows the federal rules for pollution prevention and waste minimization. For additional guidance, see the national section POLLUTION PREVENTION.

Pollution Prevention Services is a program that helps the regulated community comply with regulations, permitting, planning, and other environmental requirements.

Administration and enforcement. DEP administers and enforces the federal pollution prevention rules in West Virginia. Pollution Prevention Services is a nonregulatory program that offers free technical information and assistance to facilities wishing to implement a pollution prevention plan. Contact the appropriate section of Pollution Prevention Services for more information.

State Requirements


WV Reg. 47-3-1 to 47-3-5

West Virginia has enacted regulations to promote pollution prevention by encouraging the reduction or elimination of pollutants at the source through activities such as:

  • Process modification
  • Material substitution
  • In-process recycling
  • Reduction of raw material use or other ...

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