November 20, 2016 by C.J. Harvey, WDTV Channel 5 NewsClarksburg, W.Va. – The majority of Cabinet positions haven’t been filled by President-elect Donald Trump. One position in the spotlight, though, is who he”ll tap as the nation’s next EPA administrator.
“What we seem to swing back-and-forth on in this country is a regulatory environment that’s either too loose or too tight. There are ways to achieve economic development and environmental protection, but somehow or another, we need to strike that balance,” says Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute.
Ziemkiewicz says the country as a whole often gets carried away with the one side of the argument, while the other side isn’t addressed, which can be problematic.
“We often fail to ask ourselves the question, ‘what’s the best way to have an industry that supports the economy of our state, while at the same time having minimal impact on our environment?’ Both of these things are possible, but what we’ve got are sort of the extremes of both sides, which can be equally damaging,” says Ziemkiewicz.
Ziemkiewicz says there is an achievable medium, but it’s only a matter of time before we see which direction the President-elect will follow.
The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.