§11-6A-1. Declaration of policy.
It is declared to be the public policy of the state of West
Virginia to maintain reasonable standards of purity and quality of
the water of the state and a reasonable degree of purity of the air
resources of the state. In the exercise of the police power of the
state to protect the environment and promote the public health,
safety and general welfare, the Legislature has enacted the Water
Pollution Control Act as article eleven, chapter twenty-two of this
code and the Air Pollution Control Act as article five, chapter
twenty-two thereof. It is recognized and declared by the
Legislature that pollution control facilities, as hereinafter
defined, are required for the protection and benefit of the
environment and the general welfare of the people, are
nonproductive, do not add to the economic value of a business
enterprise and do not have a market value after installation in
excess of salvage value.