Agriculture bill stokes fears about pesticide-spewing logging facility

Charleston, WV (AP)- State legislation to limit counties from regulating agricultural operations is stoking fears that a logging company could revisit plans to build a toxic-spewing facility.  

The House of Delegates approved the bill Tuesday after it passed the Senate. 

It would bar counties from overstepping state law on agricultural operations.  

Last May, Allegheny Wood Products withdrew an air permit application after Hardy County residents lodged complaints.  

The fumigation facility would treat logs to be shipped overseas. 

The bill doesn’t address the facility but bans counties from regulating any federal or state-registered pesticide, herbicide, or insecticide.  

Hardy County planner Melissa Scott says the bill is of specific interest to many residents. 

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