3. Develop and put in place a procedure that will guarantee "swift and timely intervention" for residents who are affected by mountaintop removal.
Wise, who was elected to a ninth two-year term earlier this month, said the purpose of the law to turn mountaintop-removal mines into other economically beneficial developments has been ignored.
"The economic benefits that are supposed to follow completed mountaintop-removal sites have all but ceased," he said.
His proposal for a planning council would include the West Virginia Development Office, the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, the state Division of Highways and local economic development officials.
The proposal says that the council's purpose would be to impose the federal law's requirement that mountaintop-removal permits be granted only when a plan is in place for economic development after the mining is completed.
Wise also suggested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Division of Environmental Protection should negotiate the terms of the study and begin immediately on a project to determine the extent of damage by mountaintop removal to local water sources.
Finally, Wise said, "citizens whose lives are being distressed by mountaintop-removal sites must be assured that their complaints will be swiftly addressed."