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
7/22/14, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
7/24/14, 9 a.m.: Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
8/4/14, 1 p.m.: Aquaculture Advisory Board. At Hampton Inn, Sunchase Boulevard in Farmville.
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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.
7/23/14, 6 p.m., at the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library (Meeting Room A), 9533 Kings Highway in King George, on the TMDL plan for bacterial impairments in the Potomac River at Fairview Beach in King George County.
7/29/14, 6 p.m., at Rocky Gap United Methodist Church, 12508 North Scenic Highway in Rocky Gap, on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in Dry Fork, Laurel Creek, and Wolf Creek (New River watershed) in Bland, Giles, and Tazewell counties.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – Fossil Fuels
7/22/14, 7/24/14, 7/28/14, and 8/7/14, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. each date: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public listening sessions on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels. Locations: July 22 – Snyder Auditorium, Wytheville Community College, 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville; July 24 – John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive in Alexandria; July 28 – Virginia Beach Public Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard; August 7 – Administration Board Room, Henrico County Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road in Henrico. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice about this meeting: “Implementing [the proposed rules] …in the best way for Virginia will require the integrated efforts of DEQ, other state agencies involved in power generation, the regulated community, and the public. Therefore, prior to taking any formal action, DEQ is seeking general input from the public on the best way for the Commonwealth to implement EPA’s plan as currently proposed. Proposal information: EPA issued proposed emissions guidelines for the control of carbon dioxide (CO2) from existing power plants (79 FR 34830) and for modified and reconstructed power plants (79 FR 34960) on June 18, 2014. The EPA comment period for these proposals is currently open, and will close on October 16, 2014.” More information on the proposed rule is available from the EPA online at http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards. The Virginia DEQ also has a Web site dedicated to regulations on greenhouse gases: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx.
7/23/14, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Regulatory Advisory Panel. At the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle in Abingdon. 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 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.
Energy – Nuclear
7/23/14, 2 p.m.: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. At Virginia Commonwealth University, East Engineering Hall Room E3218, 401 West Main Street in Richmond.
Energy – Solar
7/22/14, 10 a.m.: Distributed Solar Generation and Net Metering Stakeholder Group. At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville. This group is advising the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality in the study of the costs and benefits of distributed solar generation and net metering. These terms refer, respectively, to the generation of electricity by solar facilities on households, etc., and not owned or operated by electric-utility companies; and to the practice of utilities metering, and giving credit for, how much electricity such facilities generate and return to the conventional electrical-transmission grid.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
7/29/14, 9 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) Formal Hearing to review the Decision to Deny Application #1003841 for A & G Coal Corporation. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap. The proposed mine site is located 0.8 miles west of Andover on Ison Rock Ridge (Powell River/Clinch River watershed) in Wise County.
7/28/14, 1 p.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services meeting. At Virginia Tech’s Livestock Teaching Arena, 500 Plantation Road in Blacksburg. The meeting will include consideration of regulations governing pesticide-applicator certification under the Virginia Pesticide Control Act (Virginia Administrative Code section 2 VAC 5-685. More information on this regulation is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2843.
7/22/14, 9 a.m., Port Authority Board of Commissioners will meet. at Virginia International the World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk. On 7/2/14, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the same location, the board’s Finance Committee and its Growth and Operations Committee will have three meetings, but each meeting will immediately go into closed session.
7/23/14, 1 p.m.: Goose Creek Scenic River Advisory Board. At the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg.
Solid or Hazardous Waste Management
7/30/14, 7 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on a draft permit modification for the 623 Landfill, Inc., in Goochland County, regarding increasing the landfill’s size. At Centerville Fire Station, 52 Broad Street in Manakin-Sabot. The public comment period is 6/28/14 to 8/15/14.