§22-3A-1. Legislative findings; policy and purposes.
(a) The Legislature declares that the establishment of an office within the division of environmental protection to enforce blasting laws pursuant to surface mining within the state of West Virginia is in the public interest and will promote the protection of the property and citizens of the state of West Virginia without sacrificing economic development. It is the policy of the state of West Virginia, in cooperation with other governmental agencies, public and private organizations, and the citizens of this state, to use reasonable means and measures to prevent harm from the effects of blasting to its property and citizens.

(b) It is the purpose of this article to create the office of explosives and blasting within the division of environmental protection, and to vest in the office the authority to enforce all the rules and laws established to regulate blasting consistent with the authority granted in this article.