For more information, click on underlined meeting dates. Click here for the Commonwealth Calendar listing of all government meetings open to the public, and here for the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall listing of all government meetings of a regulatory nature.
For other, non-governmental, events, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events.
REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
9/23/14, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
9/29/14, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board. At House Room C, General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.
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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES
For meetings of legislative committees and commissions during General Assembly sessions (regular and special), see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?142+oth+MTG; use the drop-down menu on the left to pick the session of interest (current or past).
None during this period.
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MEETINGS ABOUT TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (or TMDLs) for IMPAIRED WATERS
For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, click here for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Web site; click on “Public Notices” in the menu to the left to access upcoming meetings and public-comment periods. A search tool to find approved TMDL reports is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx.
9/23/14, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacteria and sediment impairments in Chestnut Creek (New River watershed) in Carroll and Grayson counties and in the City of Galax. At the Virginia Department of Forestry Office, 106 Matthews Lane in Galax.
9/23/14, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic and dissolved oxygen) and bacterial impairments in Crooked Run and tributaries (Stephens Run, West Run, Happy Creek, Manassas Run, Willow Brook, Borden Marsh Run, and Long Branch), in the Shenandoah River watershed in Clarke, Frederick, and Warren counties. At North Warren Fire Hall, 266 Rockland Court in Front Royal.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – Fossil Fuels
9/24/14, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Regulatory Advisory Panel. At the University of Mary Washington-Dahlgren Campus, 4224 University Drive in King George. This panel, which first met on June 4, 2014, is assisting the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) in its regulation of practices and ingredients used in gas and oil well stimulation and completion. This includes the practices of hydraulic fracturing, in which fluids are added to gas/oil formations to facilitate remove of the gas or oil, and of horizontal drilling. The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 4 VAC 25 -150. More information about this proposed regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4117 and http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=6829 (see, particularly, the “Agency Statement” PDF at the latter link). The DMME’s main Web site for Virginia gas and oil regulations is http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/LawsRegs.shtml#gasoil.
Solid or Hazardous Waste Management
10/2/14, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stakeholder/Public Meeting on Virginia’s Medical Waste Regulations. The regulations are Section 9 VAC 20-120 in the Virginia Administrative Code, and they are available online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title9/agency20/chapter120. According to the Regulatory Town Hall notice on the October 2 meeting, the DEQ is seeking input “on the on-site storage and treatment of regulated medical waste under the Regulated Medical Waste Regulations. The DEQ is also interested in receiving feedback on areas in which the Regulated Medical Waste Regulations could be clarified to avoid confusion concerning regulatory requirements, reduce redundancy, and avoid overlap with other regulations. The DEQ would like to receive feedback from a wide spectrum of regulated/affected parties, including state and Federal agencies, the military, industry, consultants and others who have an interest in this area.”
9/24/14, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on the master plan update for Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County. At Bear Creek Hall in the park, 22 Bear Creek Lake Road in Cumberland. Information on Virginia’s state parks is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
9/22/14, 9:30 a.m.; and 10/6/14, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation and VWP General Permit Regulations. Both meetings are at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The advisory groups is assisting the DEQ and State Water Control Board in development of possible amendments to these regulations, specifically the following Virginia Administrative Code sections and subjects 9 VAC 25-210: Virginia Water Protection Permit Regulation; 9 VAC 25-660: General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre; 9 VAC 25-670: General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities; 9 VAC 25-680: General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects; 9 VAC 25-690: General Permit for Impacts from Development Activities. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 2, 2014. More information about the proposed regulatory actions is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1893.
9/25/14, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Health Regulatory Advisory Panel meetings on development of possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (Section 12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code). At English Inn, 2000 Morton Drive in Charlottesville.