WVC 22 - 27 - 1
§22-27-1. Declaration of policy and purpose.
This article is intended to encourage the improvement of land
and water adversely affected by mining, to aid in the protection of
wildlife, to decrease soil erosion, to aid in the prevention and
abatement of the pollution of rivers and streams, to protect and
improve the environmental values of the citizens of this state and
to eliminate or abate hazards to health and safety. It is the
intent of the Legislature to encourage voluntary reclamation of
lands adversely affected by mining. The purpose of this article is
to improve water quality and to control and eliminate water
pollution resulting from mining extraction or exploration by
limiting the liability which could arise as a result of the
voluntary reclamation of abandoned lands or the reduction and
abatement of water pollution. This article is not intended to
limit the liability of a person who by law is or may become
responsible to reclaim the land or address the water pollution or
anyone who by contract, order or otherwise is required to or agrees
to perform the reclamation or abate the water pollution.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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