March 25, 2019
The West Virginia legislature recently debated whether to update its clean water standards. Standing in its way: The West Virginia Manufacturers Association. This group argued that because so many state residents are obese, their bodies can handle more pollution from coal and chemical plants.
The association also argued that West Virginians eat less fish than people in other states. It should be pointed out that that is due, at least in part, because there are more advisories against eating fish in West Virginia than in most states. Because the water is more polluted.