Clean Air

Clean air is both a health issue and a political issue. Clean air is important for all of us, even those of us in perfect health. The elderly, children and those with chronic respiratory issues are especially at risk.

In West Virginia we are dependent on electric power generated by burning coal. Burning coal releases particulate matter and harmful gasses such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide.

Conservation West Virginia advocates for a responsible shift from burning fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and encouraging solar and wind industries to develop in our state.

Our Clean Air Platform

We support legislation that would require notice to be given to the public in multiple ways before any air quality permit is issued, including posting on the applicant’s website and the DEP’s website.

2024 Clean Air Bills

HB 4247

Prohibiting Devices That Increase Diesel Soot

Creates a misdemeanor offense for modifying a diesel engine with a device that increases the soot or smoke produced.

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 1/10/2024; referred to; referred to Technology and Infrastructure, then Judiciary

HB 5018

Community Air Monitoring

This bill subjects citizen-collected, community air monitoring data to regulation, and forbids its use by the DEP for regulatory purposes or for enforcement actions against polluters.

CWV Position: Opposes

Status: Introduced 1/23/2024; referred to Energy and Manufacturing; passed House 2/6/24; assigned to Senate Energy, Industry & Mining 2/8/24

HB 5186

Protecting Gas-Powered Vehicles.

Forbidding the state from banning gas-powered vehicles in its fleet or mandating non-gas-powered vehicles.

CWV Position: Opposes

Status: Introduced 1/25/2024; referred to Government Organizations

HB 5212

Universal EV Charging Stations

Requiring EV charging stations installed in West Virginia to be universal, accommodating vehicles from all manufacturers.

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 1/26/2024; referred to Technology and Infrastructure, then Finance