Capito welcomes the director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to Charleston

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today hosted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams in Charleston, W.Va. for meetings focused on reducing regulatory delays in critical projects across the state. At a recent EPW committee hearing, Ranking Member Capito secured a commitment from Director Williams to travel to West Virginia and address these lingering issues.

During today’s visit, Ranking Member Capito and Director Williams met with West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary- Occidental, Harold Ward, and hosted a roundtable with stakeholders, business leaders, and state and regional representatives. from FWS.

“At a time when we should be taking full advantage of new infrastructure investments in West Virginia, we are seeing delays and backlogs due to lengthy agency review processes and staffing shortages,” said ranking member Capito. “I appreciate that Director Williams has fulfilled her commitment to come to our state, see firsthand the impact of these projects that cannot get started, and work with us to resolve these issues and coordinate the future more effectively. There is still work to be done here, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue with Director Williams and her team to move the projects forward.

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