On October 31, 2016, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced a proposed consent order with Virginia Electric and Power Company (a subsidiary of Dominion) for two January 2016 incidents where mineral oil from electrical transformers in waterways: approximately 9,000 gallons of oil from a transformer at the West Staunton substation into an unnamed tributary of Bell Creek and subsequently a farm pond Augusta County; and approximately 13,500 gallons into Roaches Run and subsequently the Potomac River at the Crystal City substation in Arlington County.
The proposed consent order’s enforcement actions includes a civil charge of $259,535 and requires completion of a corrective action plan for restoration and monitoring of any long-term impacts.
The proposed order will undergo a public-comment period from October 31, 2016, through November 30, 2016 and then be considered by the State Water Control Board. The proposed order is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Enforcement/PublicNotices.aspx. The DEQ will accept comments by e-mail to Lee.Crowell@deq.virginia.gov, or by postal mail to P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23219.
Source: Virginia proposes enforcement action over mineral oil spills by Dominion in 2016, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality News Release, 10/31/16.
For a previous Water Central News Grouper post on the Arlington incident, please see Oil Sheen on Potomac River at Arlington County, Va., and Washington, D.C.