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Water in Virginia State Government News Releases for Sep. 4-Sep. 12, 2014: State Parks Funding, Hurricane Preparedness, Bear Creek State Park, Agroforestry, Tree Seedling Sales, James River Shellfishing Closure, Summer Flounder, Shellfishing Training

Following are titles and short excerpts from water-related Virginia state government news releases between September 4 and September 12, 2014.  To access the full text of any release, click on the respective agency name to go to that agency’s archive of releases.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
Governor McAuliffe Celebrates New Initiative to Support State Parks,” 9/9/14.  Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe hosted a strategic planning session today in Richmond for the Partnership for Parks campaign founded by the Virginia Association for Parks and the Garden Club of Virginia.  The Partnership for Parks was formed to raise private funding to design, build, and install new interpretive exhibits in more than a dozen state park visitor centers.  The partners recognize that the goal of exhibits is to educate, entertain and inspire park visitors. More than 30 people from across the Commonwealth came to Richmond to chart a strategic plan for completing this effort by the year 2020.  More than $5 million will be needed for the campaign.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces Improvements to Commonwealth Hurricane Preparedness; Hurricane evacuation timeline adjusted to allow officials more time to make decisions and carry out emergency plans,” 9/4/14.  Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe released a report today outlining improvements to Virginia’s hurricane preparedness plan, including an adjustment to the evacuation decision-making timeline. The hurricane in-season review, led by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Transportation, focused on five critical areas: coordination and information-sharing between state and local emergency officials, evacuation of impacted areas, sheltering evacuees, assistance to those with access and functional needs or without transportation, and communicating with the public.”

DEPT. OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
Bear Creek Lake State Park master plan to be discussed Sept. 24,” Excerpt: Public meeting 9/24/14, 6 p.m., at the park, 22 Bear Creek Lake Road in Cumberland.

DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
None this week.

DEPT. OF FORESTRY
Fields, pastures, creek sides…. AND TREES,” 9/10/14.  Excerpt: “Come find out about agroforestry in a day-long workshop focused on two particular practices, riparian buffers and silvopastures. …This workshop will be held on November 8th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Fauquier Campus.”

Tree Seedling Sales for the 2014-15 Season,” 9/11/14.  Excerpt: “Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) announced that demand for its loblolly pine seedlings is very high this season and the agency anticipates that some or all families will sell out early. Customers interested in VDOF’s specialty seedlings are advised to setup an account and plan to purchase when the online store opens October 13 at 10:00 a.m.”

DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
None this week.

DEPT. OF HEALTH
Virginia Department of Health Closes a Portion of the James River to Shellfish Harvesting,” 9/9/14.  Excerpt: “The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced [on September 9, 2014] a portion of the James River will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to flooding and contamination from sewage spills. The emergency closure is effective September 9 – 30, 2014, and is scheduled to reopen effective October 1, 2014. The Division of Shellfish Sanitation will monitor the shellfish during this period to determine if the area can be reopened sooner.”

DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY
None this week.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION
Summer Flounder Amendment Scoping Hearings,” 9/5/14.  Excerpt: “The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment.” The Virginia hearing will be held on Tuesday, 10/14/14, 6 p.m., at the VMRC main office, 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

New Shellfish training dates announced,” 9/4/14.  Excerpt: “The National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines now require training and education programs for all shellfish harvesters and certified dealers. Completion of the training is a pre-requisite for licensing.”

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Sep. 15-Sep. 29, 2014

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

9/16/14, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

9/16/14, 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.

9/18/14, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee. At Sydnor Hydro, 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.

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).

9/15/14, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Nanosatellites Advisory Committee. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

9/17/14, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Identity Management Advisory Committee. At 3rd Floor East Conference Room; General Assembly Building. 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

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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 – Nuclear
9/15/14, 10 a.m.: Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. At Virginia Commonwealth University, East Engineering Hall-Room E2219, 401 West Main Street in Richmond.

Energy – Wind
9/16/14, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At House Room 3, State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. According to the Authority’s Web site, http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/index.html, the 2010 Virginia General Assembly (companion bills HB 389 and SB 577) created this Authority to “facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and supply chain vendors….”

Fisheries
9/16/14, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Marine Products Board. At Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall, 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
9/19/14, 8:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on several notices of violations for A&G Coal Corporation. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). The mine site or sites is not identified in the Regulatory Town Hall notice.

Ports
9/16/14, 9 a.m.: Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners. At 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk. On 9/15/14 at the same location, the Port Authority’s Growth and Operations Committee will meet at 2 p.m., the Finance and Audit Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m., and the Executive Committee will meet at 5 p.m.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
9/17/14, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Graves Mountain Lodge, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike in Syria (Madison County). The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27 to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.

State Parks
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
9/15/14, 10 a.m.: Stakeholder Advisory Group on the James River Chlorophyll Study. At Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, 3701 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Charles City. The group is assisting the Department of Environmental Quality on a comprehensive review of the existing chlorophyll-a criteria and associated modeling for the tidal James. The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.

9/22/14, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation and VWP General Permit Regulations. 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.

Waterworks Regulations
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.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Sep. 9-Sep. 22, 2014

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

9/11/14, 9 a.m.: Board of Forestry. At the Virginia Department of Forestry office, 106 Forestry Lane in Galax.

9/11/14, 10 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees. At 5089 Old Tavern Road in The Plains (Fauquier County).

9/16/14, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

9/16/14, 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.

9/17/14, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board. At the Perimeter Center, Training Rooms 1A, 1B, & 1C, 9960 Mayland Drive 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).

9/10/14, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

9/15/14, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Nanosatellites Advisory Committee. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

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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.

9/10/14, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County. At Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road in Burke.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Climate Change
9/10/14, 3 p.m.: Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. At Senate Room 3, State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. On July 1, 2014, Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe signed Executive Order 19, which re-convened the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. The Commission is to review, update, and prioritize the recommendations of the 2008 Virginia Climate Change Action Plan (available online at http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/state-examples/action-plans.html#va).  The group is to issue a report by June 30, 2015. For more information, see Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Convening Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 7/1/14.

Energy – Wind
9/16/14, 10:30 a.m.: Offshore Wind Development Authority. At House Room 3, State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. According to the Authority’s Web site, http://wind.jmu.edu/offshore/vowda/index.html, the 2010 Virginia General Assembly (companion bills HB 389 and SB 577) created this Authority to “facilitate, coordinate, and support development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and supply chain vendors….”

Fisheries
9/16/14, 4:30 p.m.: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Marine Products Board. At Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall, 1208 Greate Road in Gloucester Point.

Infrastructure Construction Funding
9/9/14, 9 a.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Board of Directors. At the Bank of America Building, 1111 E. Main Street in Richmond.
Land and Watershed Management
9/10/14, 11 a.m.: Department of Taxation’s Land Evaluation Advisory Council. At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville. According to the Virginia Code, Sec. 58.1-3829, the “Advisory Council shall determine and publish a range of suggested values for each of the several soil conservation service land capability classifications for agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space uses in the various areas of the Commonwealth….” Those values are used in assessing properties that qualify for use-value taxation in those land classifications.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
9/10/14, 9:30 a.m.: Abandoned Mine Land Advisory Committee. At the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

9/12/14, 8:30 a.m.: Six Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on violations or cessation orders. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). Click on the numbers below to go to Regulatory Town Hall information for each particular meeting:
1—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001189 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

2—On Fact of Violation for Cessation Order LJJ0001150 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

3—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001169 for Meg-Lynn Land Company, Inc. The mine site is 0.3 mile northeast of Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

4—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001156 for Ambrose Branch Coal Company, Inc. The mine site is 8 miles northwest of Blackwood on Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

5—On Notices of Violation JRJ0001493, JRJ0001651, LJJ0001185, LJJ0001175, STJ0009114, JKC0001016, JKC0001015, DXB0009268, DXB0009260, RDS0010464, RDS0010442, RDS0010444, CEV0009197 and CEV0009212, plus Cessation Order RDS0010465, for A & G Coal Corporation. Several mine locations are involved, all located in Lee County or Wise County and all in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

6—On Notices of Violation STJ0009135, STJ0009137, STJ0009144, JRJ0001656, STJ0001659, STJ0009128, STJ0009130, and STJ0009132 for Virginia Fuels Corporation. The Regulatory Town Hall notice did not specify the mine site(s), as of 8/29/14.

Ports
9/15/14, 5 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Executive Committee. At 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk. Also on that day at the same location, the Port Authority’s e Growth and Operations Committee will meet at 2 p.m., and the Finance and Audit Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
9/17/14, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Graves Mountain Lodge, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike in Syria (Madison County). The Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly (see Va. Code section 62.1-69.27 to “provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin.” More information on the work of the Commission is available online at http://rappriverbasin.org/.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
9/9/14, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation and VWP General Permit Regulations. At the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 2nd Floor Training Room, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. 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.

9/15/14, 10 a.m.: Stakeholder Advisory Group on the James River Chlorophyll Study. At Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, 3701 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Charles City. The group is assisting the Department of Environmental Quality on a comprehensive review of the existing chlorophyll-a criteria and associated modeling for the tidal James. The pertinent section in the Virginia Administrative Code is VAC 25-260-310 bb.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Sep. 1–Sep. 15, 2014

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

9/5/14, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

9/11/14, 9 a.m.: Board of Forestry. At the Virginia Department of Forestry office, 106 Forestry Lane in Galax.

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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).

9/4/14, 11 a.m., and 9/5/14, 9 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Commission. At Port Isobel Island Education Center, Tangier. According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/index.htm), the commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern. The commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.” The commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

9/10/14, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

9/15/14, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Nanosatellites Advisory Committee. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond

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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.

9/10/14, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County. At Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road in Burke.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
9/3/14, 5 p.m.: On the permit application by Bio-Nomic Services, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., to modify a Virginia Pollution Abatement permit for applying biosolids to 3145 acres in Franklin County. At Town Hall, 117 Butler Street in Bowling Green.

9/4/14, 5 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., modify a Virginia Pollution Abatement permit for applying biosolids to 923 acres in Nottoway County. At the Crewe Town Library, 400 Tyler Street in Crewe.

Energy – Solar
9/5/14, 2 p.m.: Distributed Solar Generation and Net Metering Stakeholder Group. At the Law Offices of Christian and Barton, 909 East Main Street in Richmond. 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.

Fort Monroe
9/11/14, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee. At 151 Bernard Road in Fort Monroe. In 2011, the Virginia General Assembly (Senate Bill 1400) established the Fort Monroe Authority to manage the historic areas of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort—at the confluence of Hampton Roads with the Chesapeake Bay—after the federal government closed its military facilities there. Fort Monroe had been a U.S. military base since 1836. In 2011, the area was designated as Fort Monroe National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm). More information about Fort Monroe and the Authority is available online at http://www.fmauthority.com/.

Land and Watershed Management
9/10/14, 11 a.m.: Department of Taxation’s Land Evaluation Advisory Council. At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville. According to the Virginia Code, Sec. 58.1-3829, the “Advisory Council shall determine and publish a range of suggested values for each of the several soil conservation service land capability classifications for agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space uses in the various areas of the Commonwealth….” Those values are used in assessing properties that qualify for use-value taxation in those land classifications.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
9/10/14, 9:30 a.m.: Abandoned Mine Land Advisory Committee. At the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

9/12/14, 8:30 a.m.: Six Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on violations or cessation orders. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). Click on the numbers below to go to Regulatory Town Hall information for each particular meeting:
1—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001189 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

2—On Fact of Violation for Cessation Order LJJ0001150 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

3—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001169 for Meg-Lynn Land Company, Inc. The mine site is 0.3 mile northeast of Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

4—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001156 for Ambrose Branch Coal Company, Inc. The mine site is 8 miles northwest of Blackwood on Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

5—On Notices of Violation JRJ0001493, JRJ0001651, LJJ0001185, LJJ0001175, STJ0009114, JKC0001016, JKC0001015, DXB0009268, DXB0009260, RDS0010464, RDS0010442, RDS0010444, CEV0009197 and CEV0009212, plus Cessation Order RDS0010465, for A & G Coal Corporation.  Several mine locations are involved, all located in Lee County or Wise County and all in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

6—On Notices of Violation STJ0009135, STJ0009137, STJ0009144, JRJ0001656, STJ0001659, STJ0009128, STJ0009130, and STJ0009132 for Virginia Fuels Corporation. The Regulatory Town Hall notice did not specify the mine site(s), as of 8/29/14.

Ports
9/15/14, 5 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Executive Committee. At 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk. Also on that day at the same location, the Port Authority’s e Growth and Operations Committee will meet at 2 p.m., and the Finance and Audit Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m.

State Parks
9/4/14, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on the Kiptopeke State Park Master Plan. At Kiptopeke Elementary School, 24023 Fairview Road in Cape Charles (Northampton County). Information on Virginia’s state parks is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/.

Geographic Information Systems’ Value to Virginia Localities Described in July 28, 2014, Richmond Times-Dispatch Article; Plus “Geography on the Web” from Va. Tech Department of Geography

GIS a crucial tool for localities,” published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 28, 2014, describes various uses by Virginia’s local governments of computerized mapping and geographic data management technology, known as geographic information systems or GIS.  The article is available online at this link: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/henrico/gis-a-crucial-tool-for-localities/article_35a68546-8d45-5ffd-babc-4cc643bd1dcf.html; or contact the newspaper at 300 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219; phone (804) 649-6000; e-mail: content@timesdispatch.com.

For a list of many sources of information about geography and GIS, see “Geography on the Web,” Virginia Tech Geography Department, online at http://geography.vt.edu/geog_on_web/geogonweb.htm.

Proposed New Regulations on Safety of Rail Transport of Crude Oil and Other Flammable Materials Announced July 23, 2014, by U.S. Dept. of Transportation

On July 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation/Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced new proposed regulations for improving the safety of rail transport of flammable materials, particularly crude oil and ethanol.  Since 2012, the Department of Transportation had been studying possible changes to this area of regulations, but the issue took on more public urgency following the April 30, 2014, derailment in Lynchburg of a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Norfolk (which lead to an explosion and fire in the city’s downtown and resulted in three cars falling into the James River), as well as other recent (and even more serious) incidents.  The proposed regulations cover these areas particularly:
Defining the term “high-hazard flammable train” (HHFT);
Better classification and characterization of mined gases and liquids;
Rail routing risk assessment;
Notification to State Emergency Response Commissions;
Reduced operating speeds;
Enhanced braking; and
Enhanced standards for both new and existing tank cars.

Access to the complete documents on the proposed regulations are available online at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/osd/chronology.  The proposal will undergo a 60-day public comment period, beginning when the proposal is published in the Federal Register.  The news release on the Dept. of Transportation proposal recommended that people wishing to comment online use this Web site: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home.

Source: U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials, U.S. Department of Transportation News Release, 7/23/14.

Va. DEQ Public Listening Sessions in Summer 2014 on EPA Proposed CO2 Regulation on Existing Power Plants: July 22 in Wytheville; July 24 in Alexandria; July 28 in Virginia Beach; August 7 in Richmond

From July 24 to August 7, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold four public listening sessions on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows (all are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.):

July 22, Wytheville: Snyder Auditorium, Wytheville Community College, 1000 East Main Street.

July 24, Alexandria: Meeting Room, John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive.

July 28, Virginia Beach:  Auditorium, Virginia Beach Public Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

August 7, Richmond: Administration Board Room, Henrico County Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road, Henrico.

According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice about the meetings (click on meeting dates above to access that notice): “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.”

Following is an account of the listening session held in Wytheville on July 24:
Speakers rally for and against new EPA energy regulations, swvatoday.com, as published by Roanoke Times, 7/24/14

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.

Please also see this previous Water Central News Grouper item:
Carbon Emissions from Existing Power Plants to be Reduced by 30% Nationwide under Proposed Regulation Released by U.S. EPA on June 2, 2014; States Would Have Individually Set Reduction Targets, posted 6/3/14.