Apparently the illegally appointed director of the state Division of Environmental Protection thinks the taxpayers of West Virginia owe him a garage to store an extra car he owns.
Michael Miano started out storing his car at the state's airplane hangar at Yeager Airport. Then he moved it to DEP's parking lot in Nitro, and put a cover over it. After reporter Fanny Seiler asked questions about the car, DEP Administration Director Randy Huffman called the Ethics Commission and was told that it could be a technical violation of the state's weak ethics law and that Miano should move the car, which he is apparently going to do.
It may not seem like a huge deal to tuck a car in the corner of the state's hangar or leave it sitting on a state parking lot. But regular working folks at the division probably couldn't get away with it. The few who could afford a spare car would have to pay to store it, or leave it in their own driveways.
This is yet another example of how Miano thinks rules don't apply to him. He continues, for example, to cling to the absurd notion that his appointment is legal.
Federal law prohibits people who have worked in a regulated industry from "having or sharing" authority over state water pollution programs until they have been out of the industry for at least two years.
This is very clear: Miano was employed by a regulated industry (coal) for more than two decades. He did not leave that employment until he was laid off in late 1997. The director of DEP, without question, has and shares authority over the state's water pollution program.
Miano's appointment is illegal. The state should concede that lawsuits brought to force his removal are valid, and remove him.
Then the question of where he stores his car would be moot.