This rule set forth criteria and standards for the requirements which apply to the State Underground Injection Control Program (U.I.C.). The UIC permit program regulates underground injections by 5 classes of wells. All owners or operators of these injection wells must be authorized either by permit or rule by the Director.
Lays out guidelines for the conditions under which coal mining operations must notify state authorities of intentions to mine where underground gas is stored as well as map and data requirements, inspection of facilities and penalties.
In March 2007, West Virginia enacted legislation ([http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2007_SESSIONS/RS/BILLS/sb441... SB 441]) amending its tax law concerning the business and operation (B&O) tax for wind turbines. Although SB 441 increased the taxable value of wind turbine generating capacity, the taxation level is still significantly lower than that of most other types of electricity generation.
For the purposes of property tax assessment, utility-owned wind projects are considered to have a value equal to their salvage value, with certain limitations. This incentive effectively lowers the property tax base on utility-owned wind turbines from 100% of fair market value to as little as 24.95% of fair market value.* This results in an effective property tax rate on wind turbines that is 24.95% of the effective tax rate on most other types of newly constructed electricity-generating units.
This rule establishes requirements for the siting, financial assurance, installation, establishment, construction, design, groundwater monitoring, modification, operation, permitting, closure and post-closure care of any solid waste facility that processes, recycles, composts, transfers or disposes of solid waste. This rule applies to any person who owns or operates a solid waste facility or who is responsible for the processing, composting, commercial recycling, transfer or disposal of solid waste, except for those recycling facilities exempted from permitting requirements.
In addition to establishing a comprehensive program of controlling all phases of solid waste management and assigning responsibilities for solid waste management to the Secretary of Department of Environmental Protection, the Act also contains a special provision for wood waste. Specifically, this section allows for the combustion of wood waste without a solid waste facility permit and allows facilities to use wood waste as an alternative fuel.
A person who owns, operates, or leases an approved solid waste disposal facility is exempt from the payment of solid waste assessment fees, upon the receipt of a Certificate of Exemption from the director, if that facility is used exclusively to dispose of waste originally produced by such person in his or her regular business or personal activities or by persons utilizing the facility on a cost-sharing or nonprofit basis.
In March 2012, West Virginia enacted legislation (H.B. 2740) that restricts housing associations from prohibiting solar energy systems on homes. Any governing document executed or recorded after June 8, 2012, that effectively prohibits or restricts the installation or use of a solar energy system is void and unenforceable. However, housing association members may vote to establish or remove a restriction that prohibits or restricts the installation or use of a solar energy system.
This rule establishes requirements for the permitting siting, bonding, installation, establishment, construction, modification, and operation of any facility that generates, processes, recycles and/or disposes of sewage sludge by whatever means, including, but not limited to, land application, composting, incineration, mixed waste composting, or any other method of handling sewage sludge within the state. This rule applies to any person who owns or operates a sewage sludge facility or who is responsible for the processing or disposal of sewage sludge.