- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A state board has upheld the revocation of a Beckley laboratory’s certification to perform water sampling and analysis.

The Environmental Quality Board says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s revocation of Appalachian Laboratories’ certification was lawful.

The Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/18DP2Is ) reports that the board issued its decision on Thursday.

Appalachian Laboratories conducts water sampling and analysis to ensure that pollutant discharges from coal mining operations don’t exceed permitted limits.

The DEP revoked the lab’s certification in October 2014 after a former employee pleaded guilty to tampering with water samples.

The lab had argued that citing John Shelton’s guilty plea wasn’t enough reason for DEP to revoke the certification. The Environmental Quality Board says the DEP’s certification rule gives the agency authority to revoke the certification if any falsification has occurred.


Information from: The Register-Herald, https://www.register-herald.com

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