|You know how, at least in theory, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is supposed to protect the quality of the environment? Well, in the case of Virginia, theory does not apparently translate into reality, at least not in the case of Virginia DEQ Director David K. Paylor (originally appointed by Tim Kaine in 2006, reappointed by Bob McDonnell and Terry McAuliffe). On the "flip" of this post, see the testimony he's delivering today to Congress on coal ash. But first, here's a bit of background on the draft bill Paylor is testifying about.The bill, "Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015," is authored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), a diehard defender of the coal industry, who says that "attacks on coal from Washington must be stopped." He adds that [e]xploration and aggressive drilling" for coal and other fossil fuels "should be permitted without further delay." He has a pathetic 8% lifetime environmental rating from the LCV, and in 2014, he actually received a "Champion of Coal Ash Award" "for his work in Congress to protect and promote the use of coal ash and stop the EPA from labeling it as a hazardous material." Seriously. I'm not joking. There's actually such a thing as a "Champion of Coal Ash Award," and this fossil fuel shill received it! Now, he's put in a bill to weaken coal ash regulations, no doubt in the hopes of winning another one of those shiny Champion of Coal Ash awards! LOL|
Seriously, though, this is almost beyond parody of how our government is "captured" by corporate interests, in this case polluters, who have their puppet politicians spewing their propaganda for them in the halls of Congress. So what would this particular bill do? According to a letter sent yesterday by 126 public interest groups, private and concerned citizens, it would:
*DELAY the rule's new health and safety protections- potentially for up to 10 years"Yeah, it's that bad.Oh, and here's what environmental group Appalachian Voices had to say about Paylor's testimony today, in support of this "Champion of Coal Ash" award winner's bill (see the "flip").
Virginia Needs a New Department of Environmental Quality Director. Immediately.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Posted by Lowell at 12:46 PM