WVDEP helps local businesses understand environmental regulations

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV)- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection met with local business leaders in Bridgeport Thursday to discuss regulations and permits.

Companies in attendance got a simplified breakdown of the required permits of the WVDEP and EPA for businesses and manufacturers in the Mountain State.

The compliance seminar touched on various topics, such as water, air, hazardous waste, oil and gas. Environmental leaders attempted to give a broader understanding of the complex permits that affect the companies. Officials say the permits and regulations are often over 1,000 pages long and very complicated.

"If we can help them, if I can walk them through the stuff so that they can then do what they want to do, they can be successful," Dr. Terry Polen of the WVDEP said. "It helps the state, it helps the companies, it helps everyone involved."

Previously, the WVDEP held a compliance seminar in Huntington, West Virginia to touch on similar topics. That event was held on October 26th.