Not long ago we saw West Virginia governor Jim Justice on Fox News. What was he going to say? "If you want pristine air and pristine water, come to West Virginia.”
Yet according to a report titled “Watered Down Justice,” released recently by three environmental groups, 36 West Virginia counties still lead the nation in the number of water quality violations.
So, there was Richard Martin, president of the of the Charleston branch of the NAACP, on WCHS-TV. What did he have to say?
“Quality of life and quality of water go hand in hand. Recent studies have shown that life expectancy in many parts of West Virginia are far below the national average and our poor health is at least partially the result of both poverty and environmental pollution.”
Instead of going on national TV to make false claims, Gov. Justice should be looking for money to improve water systems and strengthen the Department of Environmental Protection. Then, the state’s residents can have the pristine water and air we all deserve.
"Watered Down Justice" report
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