West Virginia Week in Review - April 27, 2024


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Gov. Justice issues statement following strict EPA mandate 
Gov. Justice issued the following statement after new EPA rules that would force coal-fired and natural gas-powered plants to nearly eliminate emissions or close operations, threatening the future of West Virginia miners, workers, and the energy industry.

Gov. Justice shared these comments during a press event with the West Virginia Coal Association at Independence Hall. 

"I am incredibly frustrated by the latest EPA rules demanding our power plants eliminate emissions or shut down operations. Once again, this is a clear sign of federal overreach, and it completely disregards the important role West Virginia plays in the nation's energy landscape.

The EPA and White House's tone is clear: West Virginia doesn't matter. We are being told to close our facilities and send workers home without considering the economic impact. All West Virginians need to support our miners right now.

Our miners have been pillars of strength for this country. They've given us so much, and they ask for so little. I cannot thank them enough for their work, and we will never give up on them, especially not now. 

I refuse to accept that thousands of hardworking West Virginians in our plants and mines are expendable. I promise you, not under my watch.

History shows that when America needs dependable energy, it turns to West Virginia. As we face unprecedented demand, the idea of decommissioning coal and natural gas facilities will unquestionably destabilize our energy grid. 

For every plant that closes in the United States, nations like China and India are rapidly expanding their coal-power capacity and building two in its place. This destructive strategy undermines our national security and energy independence.

We also need to consider the broader implications of weakening our energy infrastructure. Any disruption not only compromises our grid but also our national defense. Why would we blow our legs off at a time like this?

Rest assured, I am committed to defending our state's interests and ensuring the well-being of every West Virginian affected by these policies. I will do everything in my power to protect our people."
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Gov. Justice ceremonially signs HB 439, providing 911 operators with improved benefits, retirement plan
Gov. Justice breaks ground on RV resort in Monongalia County
Celebrates opening of additional recreational facilities at Mylan Park
Gov. Justice broke ground on the state’s newest RV campground and resort at Mylan Park. The RV Park is an $11 million state-of-the-art campground that will feature 169 RV sites, cabins, a clubhouse, and other camping amenities.

This project sits on a former mining site and received $3.75 million through the DEP’s Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program.

“I’m so excited for everything happening here in Morgantown at Mylan Park,” Gov. Justice said. “Everyone here is committed to bettering their community and our great state by providing world-class recreational opportunities. This campground project is a shining example of a public-private partnership that has excelled beyond belief. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Through public-private partnerships, Mylan Park has grown into a nationally acclaimed facility. Once a small athletic conference, Mylan Park now offers 14 different indoor and outdoor facilities comprising over 60 acres of athletic field space and more than 180,000 sq. ft. of indoor sport, recreation, and event venues. The Park’s world-class facilities attract groups nationwide to the greater Morgantown area. Total investment at Mylan Park will exceed $150 million after all current projects are completed.  
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Gov. Justice cuts ribbon on Aurora Flight Science expansion in Bridgeport
Gov. Justice delivers $2M check to Mount Zion Cemetery 
Antero Foundation delivers $60,000 check to Head Coach Gov. Justice, GameChanger initiative
Gov. Justice visited the Antero Resources offices, where the GameChanger Prevention Education Program received a $60,000 donation from the Antero Foundation.

This contribution will go directly toward funding the GameChanger program in schools across Doddridge, Harrison, Ritchie, Tyler, and Wetzel Counties.

GameChanger is making significant educational strides, with implementation already underway in 11 schools in Harrison County, three in Ritchie County, and one in Doddridge County. 

"Antero's commitment to GameChanger is a shining example of the generosity uplifting our state's youth," Gov. Justice said. "Their contribution is deeply appreciated and a beacon of hope for our education system. With their support, I am confident that GameChanger will continue to make a profound and positive impact across West Virginia."
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Also this week:
WVDOT, friends and family join to honor workers lost in the line of duty

WVDE announces National Board Certified Teachers Recognized at Ceremony

Morgantown High School Team 1 Earns Academic Showdown Championship Title

West Virginia Department of Human Services Provides Update on Completion of Medicaid Unwinding


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