HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 11
(By Delegates Howell, Ambler, Arvon, Atkinson, Blair, Butler, Cooper, Ellington, A. Evans, Fast, Folk, G. Foster, Sypolt, Hamrick, Harshbarger, Higginbotham, Householder, Marcum, McGeehan, Rowan, Summers, Ward and Zatezalo )
[Introduced February 13, 2017]
Requesting the Federal Government to permit West Virginia to withdraw from the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Initiative.
Whereas, The primary source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay is the Susquehanna River and the massive population along the I-95 corridor. West Virginia is not in the Susquehanna water shed and West Virginia is not part of the I-95 corridor. The clean waters of West Virginia are not a source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay and any waters from West Virginia enter the lower bay far away from the primary pollution problem. The requirements under the Chesapeake Bay initiative add additional cost to West Virginia taxpayers for which they see no gain and does little to help the Chesapeake Bay. Only the eastern most counties of West Virginia are saddled with this burden of cost; and, only states in the Chesapeake Bay water shed are burdened with this additional cost putting West Virginia at an economic disadvantage to states outside the initiative zone; and
Whereas. There is a lack of infrastructure upgrades in and around Baltimore causing all of the sewage lines in the Baltimore area to go into their big plant. They have no room to upgrade without major expense. This results in the other states, including West Virginia, having to be overly burdened with unnecessary costs in order to save Baltimore money by allowing Baltimore to continue to pollute the waters, where our water goes in does nothing to help at all, we are paying so they don't have too, that is wrong; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
The Federal Government is requested to permit West Virginia to withdraw from the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Initiative; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegate forward a copy of this Concurrent Resolution to the President of the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency and to the members of the West Virginia Delegation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.