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
3/30/15, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board. At the General Assembly Building, House Room C, 9th and Broad Streets in Richmond.
4/8/15, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board. At the Perimeter Center, Training Rooms 1A, 1B, & 1C, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond/Henrico.
4/11/15, 2 p.m.: Cave Board. At Luray Caverns in Luray.
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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES
For meetings of legislative committees and commissions, see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+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.
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.
3/31/15, 2 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacteria impairments in the Rapidan River and several tributaries (Beautiful Run, Blue Run, Marsh Run, Poplar Run, Rippin Run, and unnamed tributaries), in the Rappahannock River watershed in Albemarle, Greene, Madison, and Orange counties. At the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office, 2 South Main Street in Madison.
3/31/15, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacteria impairments in the Hardware River and North Fork Hardware River, located in the James River watershed in Albemarle and Fluvanna Counties. At Victory Hall, 401 Valley Street in Scottsville (Albemarle County). A second public meeting on this TMDL will be held 4/9/15, 6:30 p.m., at North Garden Fire Hall, 4907 Plank Road in North Garden (Albemarle County).
4/7/15, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for bacteria and sediment impairments in Chestnut Creek, in the New River watershed in Carroll and Grayson counties and in the City of Galax. At the Galax Recreation Center Room A, 601 South Main Street in Galax.
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
3/30/15: Virginia Agricultural Council. At the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street in Staunton. The Council hear and act upon agricultural project proposals for financial assistance. The Council was established by the General Assembly in 1966 to assist in financing agricultural research, education, and services. More information about the Council is available online at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about/boards.shtml.
Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
3/31/15, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Synagro Central, LLC, of Champlain, Va., to land-apply biosolids to 1,143.5 acres in Clarke County. At the Clarke County Offices, 101 Chalmers Court in Berryville.
4/2/15, 6 p.m.: On the permit application by Agri-Sludge, Inc., of Shreve, Ohio, to land-apply biosolids to 4,768.7 acres in Rockingham County. At the Department of Environmental Quality’s Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
3/30/15, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment for Virginia Electric and Power Company’s (VEPCO) Southampton Power Station located in Franklin. At Paul D. Camp Community College, Room 129, 100 North College Drive in Franklin. The facility proposes to change provisions of the permit granted when the facility converted from coal to biomass as its principal fuel, particularly to expand the use of No. 2 fuel oil from use during startup only to use during startup, shutdown, and during regular operation for flame stabilization. The public comment period is 2/27/15 to 4/14/15.
3/31/15, 6:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment for Virginia Electric and Power Company’s (VEPCO) Altavista Power Station. At Altavista Town Council Chambers, 510 Seventh Street in Altavista. The facility proposes to change provisions of the permit granted when the facility converted from coal to biomass as its principal fuel, particularly to expand the use of No. 2 fuel oil from use during startup only to use during startup, shutdown, and during regular operation for flame stabilization. The applicant proposes to use approximately 800,000 tons/year of woody biomass, up to 60,000 gallons/year of No. 2 fuel oil, and a certain amount of natural gas. The public comment period is 2/25/15 to 4/15/15.
4/8/15, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit amendment for Virginia Electric and Power Company’s (VEPCO) Hopewell Power Station. At the Hopewell Public Library, 209 East Cawson Street in Hopewell. The facility proposes to change provisions of the permit granted when the facility converted in 2012 from coal to biomass as its principal fuel, particularly to add flame stabilization to the current use (startup and shutdown) of natural gas. The public comment period is 3/3/15 to 4/23/15.
4/9/15, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ 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/.
Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
4/1/15, 10:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal conference on Bond Release Application 1009446 for Paramont Coal Corporation. At the mine site in Buchanan County, 3.0 miles northeast of Prater, off State Route 604.