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
3/20/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
3/21/18, 10:30 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Litter Control and Recycling Fund Advisory Board. At the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.
3/22/18, 9 a.m.: Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At the Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond.
3/25/18, 9 a.m., and 3/26/18, 9 a.m.: Virginia Agricultural Council. At 24 South Market Street in Staunton.
3/27/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.
3/27/18, 10 a.m.: Board for Profesional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WATER-RELATED MEETINGS
For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+oth+MTG. Links to information about General Assembly commissions, councils, and special interim committees coordinated by the Division of Legislative Services are available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions.html.
Jan. 10-Mar. 10, 2018; resuming April 11. Virginia General Assembly, Richmond. The 2018 General Assembly convened on January 10 and was scheduled for 60 days, a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years. The Assembly was not able to pass a budget by March 10, so it will reconvene on April 11. Its previously schedule reconvened (“veto”) session will held April 18. The General Assembly’s Web site, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php, offers several useful features, including member lists, session calendars, live video of floor sessions, and information on legislative processes. The Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, http://lis.virginia.gov/lis.htm, provides lists and summaries of all bills, searchable by topic, member, committee, etc. 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.
None during this period.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
3/19/18, 1:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Trading Regulation. At the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.
Previous public hearings were as follows:
3/7/18 at the DEQ Southwest Regional Office, 355 Deadmore Street in Abingdon (Washington County);
3/12/18 at the DEQ Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Boulevard in Virginia Beach;
3/14/18 at the DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg;
3/15/18 at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County).
The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 5-140. The proposed amendments were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 1/8/18; the public comment period runs through 4/9/18. The proposed amendments follow then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Directive 11 in May 2017 that instructed the DEQ to begin a process of developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants. Executive Directive 11 is available online (as a PDF) at http://governor.virginia.gov/media/9155/ed-11-reducing-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electric-power-facilities-and-growing-virginias-clean-energy-economy.pdf]. A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 26, 2017. More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4818. According to the “Action Summary” at that Web site, “[t]he purpose of the proposed action is to develop a regulation, in accordance with Executive Directive 11 (2017), ‘Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Electric Power Facilities and Growing Virginia’s Clean Energy Economy,’ that (i) ensures that Virginia is trading-ready to allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances through a multi-state trading program, and (ii) establishes abatement mechanisms that provide for a corresponding level of stringency to CO2 limits imposed in other states with such limits.”
3/22/18, 11 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on implementing reasonably available control technology (RACT) in support of the 2008 ozone standard in the Northern Virginia Emissions Control Area. The DEQ is seeking comments on plans to maintain compliance with the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in the Northern Virginia Ozone Nonattainment Area. The proposals would be revisions to Virginia’s State Implementation Plan under Section 110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act. More information on consideration of the overall plan and redesingation request is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=756; more information on the RACT proposal is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=757. According to the first of those two sites, the proposal consists of an “air quality maintenance plan in support of a concurrent request to redesignate the Northern Virginia ozone nonattainment area (Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park) to attainment. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and carbon monoxide (CO) do not exceed the 2014 attainment year levels through 2030, enabling the area to continue meeting the 2008 ozone NAAQS. The plan contains control measures that are currently in place and will be continued in order to maintain emissions at or below the 2014 levels. These measures include federal control programs for on-road and non-road engines as well as limitations on local power plants. The plan also contains a program of contingency measures to be implemented if the air quality monitoring stations in the area record a violation of the 2008 ozone NAAQS or if emissions in the area increase above the 2014 levels, as well as information concerning emissions estimates, growth assumptions, emission factors, and reduction assumptions.” For more information contact, Doris A. McLeod, Virginia DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond VA 23218; phone (804) 698-4197; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/23/18, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts Dam Owner Workgroup. At the BARN Facility, 11851 West James Anderson Highway in Buckingham (Buckingham County).
Energy – Fossil Fuels
3/16/18, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) public hearing to consider an application submitted by Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, to install a natural gas pipeline beneath state-owned bottomlands. At Newport News City Council Chambers, 2400 Washington Avenue in Newport News. The bottomlands include the bed of 48 non-tidal streams and/or rivers with drainage areas greater than 5 square miles, 3 tidal streams, and approximately 1.6 acres of tidal wetlands. The waters are along the designated pipeline corridor in the counties (from west to east) of Highland, Bath, Augusta, Nelson, Buckingham, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, Greensville, and Southampton and in the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk.
3/20/18, 9 a.m.: Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources’ Advisory Board on Environmental Justice. At the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 East Broad Street in Richmond. This Advisory Council was established by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe in October 2017. More information about the group is available in Governor McAuliffe Announces Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 10/31/17.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
3/21/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) formal hearing to review the issuance the issuance of a Show Cause Order issued to A & G Coal Corporation (Permit Number 1101914), issued 7/24/17, to determine whether or not a pattern of violations exists and whether grounds exist for suspension or revocation of the company’s right to mine under that permit. At the DMME Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).
River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
3/28/18, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission. At Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Boulevard in Doswell (Hanover 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/.
3/20/18, 1 p.m.: Goose Creek Scenic River Advisory Board. At the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg.
Water Quality Regulations and Standards
3/23/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) technical advisory committee on proposed amendments to the general Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit for discharges of stormwater from construction activities. At the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 1005 Technology Park Drive in Glen Allen (Henrico County). The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-880. The notice of intended regulatory action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on October 16, 2017. More information on this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=2869.