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
1/6/15, 11 a.m.: Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees. At the West Reading Room of the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond.
1/9/15, 10 a.m.: Waste Management Board. At the Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street 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?151+oth+MTG; use the drop-down menu on the left to pick the session of interest (current or past). Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.
1/14/15, noon: Virginia General Assembly convenes. Scheduled adjournment of this year’s short session is February 28, with the reconvened (“veto”) session on April 15. Live video streams of floor sessions are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the House, and http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the Senate.
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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.
1/8/14, 9 a.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacterial impairments in The Gulf, Barlow Creek, Jacobus Creek, Hungars Creek, and Mattawoman Creek, in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Northampton County. At the Board Room of the Northampton County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
12/19/14, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a request for a permit amendment by Enviva Pellets Southampton LLC to modify its wood pellet fuel manufacturing facility to allow for up to ten percent softwood in the wood feedstock mixture used to manufacture the wood pellets. At Paul D. Camp Community College, Room 129, 100 North College Drive in Franklin. The permit addresses several air pollutants that can eventually affect water resources, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
1/12/15, 6:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a request by VEPCO to modify its permit for the Brunswick County Electric Power Plant. At the Meherrin Public Library/Brunswick Branch, 133 Hicks Street in Lawrenceville. The requested modification would increase permitted emissions of carbon monoxide by 120 tons/year due to re-defining startup and shutdown parameters. The public comment period runs 12/10/14 through 1/27/15.
12/19/14, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting on amendment and reissuance of the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Seafood Processing Facilities. At the Department of Environmental Quality’s Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-115. The notice of intended regulatory action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on July 14, 2014.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
1/8/15, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation and associated VWP General Permit Regulations. At the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Piedmont Regional Office Training Room, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The advisory group 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.