Governing Law and Regulations
West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (DEP)
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. West Virginia follows the National Environmental Policy Act (commonly known as NEPA) when reviewing environmental impact statements (EISs). The state does not have its own specific statutes or regulations for EIS review. Although West Virginia does not specifically require an EIS for other major projects, the state's permit application process includes consideration of the potential environmental impact of any proposed regulated activity.
• Administration and enforcement. Each DEP division administers and enforces the impact statement requirements of its specific permit program.
WV Reg. 64-49-11
The state has established the DWTRLF, which provides financial assistance for infrastructure improvements needed to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Projects receiving funds from this program are required to conduct an environmental review, which may include the preparation of an EIS. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for more information.
WV Reg. 61-12G-5
To promote the protection of groundwater from pesticides, DEP may require environmental impact studies on the use of pesticides on the groundwaters of the state as well as ecologically and economically sound pesticide use and application practices. For more information on pesticide regulation ...