West Virginia agency withdraws proposed water regulations

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection has pulled back from legislative review several changes proposed for the state's regulations to protect water quality.

Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the decision last week follows an effort by some industry lobbyists to convince legislators to reduce the state standards to protect existing and potential drinking water supplies.

Huffman says the Legislature faces many difficult issues next year, and it's not time for the DEP to propose rule changes that will draw opposition from both business and environmental groups.

One measure removed would change how the state calculates levels of carcinogens that can be discharged into rivers and streams from using low-flow stream figures to one average flow.

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