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
3/30/17, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees. At the Virginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville. The Board’s Energy and Infrastructure Committee meets at 9 a.m. on the same day. The Board’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. on the same day.
3/30/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Control Board. At House Room C of the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond.
4/4/17, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Regulatory Review Committee. At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.
4/11/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Aquaculture Advisory Board. At the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium, 12580 West Creek Parkway 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?171+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.
4/4/17, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission. At House Room C of the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond. The tentative agenda (as of 3/29/17) is available online (as a PDF) at http://hodcap.state.va.us/publications/interimstudies/Water%20Commission%20Proposed%20Agenda%204_4_17.pdf. The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1990. Its purpose, according to Virginia Code section 30-187, is to “study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; [and] coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues….” More information about the Commission is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm.
4/4/17, 2 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science. At House Room D in the General Assembly Building, 201 North Ninth Street in Richmond.
4/5/17, noon: Virginia General Assembly’s reconvened (“veto”) session. At the State Capitol in Richmond. The House of Delegates meeting schedule is available at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/meetingSchedule.php; live video streams of floor sessions from the House are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3. The Senate meeting schedule and the floor sessions’ live video stream are available at http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.
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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.
4/11/17, 6 p.m., on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life and bacterial impairments in Butcher Fork, North Fork Powell River, South Fork Powell River, Powell River, and other Powell River tributaries, located in the Upper Tennessee River basin in Lee and Wise Counties. At Pennington Gap Community Center, 41670 West Morgan Avenue in Pennington Gap (Lee County).
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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)
Energy – All
4/6/17, 1 p.m.: Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency. At House Room 2 of the State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. On May 11, 2015, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the formation of a committee of public officials and private citizens to help establish strategies for Virginia to reduce retail electricity consumption by 10 percent by the year 2020. The reduction-percentage goal was originally set for 2022 by the 2007 Virginia Energy Plan, but the 2014 update of that plan accelerated the timeline. The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan is available online at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/2014_VirginiaEnergyPlan2.shtml. The energy-efficiency committee is chaired by the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade and is staffed by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. More information on the committee is available in a May 11, 2015, news release from the Governor’s Office, online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=8388.
Energy – Fossil Fuels
4/12/17, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft amendment to a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Virginia Electric and Power Company (a Dominion Virginia Power subsidiary) at the Greensville County Power Station. At the Greensville County Board Room, 1781 Greensville County Circle in Emporia. The draft permit amendment considers emissions of acrolein, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, particulates, sulfuric acid, volatile organic compounds, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, and nickel. The public comment period on the draft permit runs 3/18/17 to 4/27/17.
3/30/17, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee. At 20 Ingalls Road in Fort Monroe (adjacent to the City of Hampton). 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/.
CANCELED – 3/30/17, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) Informal Hearing to review the issuance of Cessation Order for Failure to Abate #CEV0010288, issued to A & G Coal Corporation. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). The mine site is not indicated in the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice.
4/3/17, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for discharges from petroleum contaminated sites, groundwater remediation, and hydrostatic tests. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-120. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016. According to the NOIRA, the “general permit covers point source discharges of wastewaters from sites contaminated by petroleum products [or by] chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, and also the point source discharges of hydrostatic test wastewaters resulting from the testing of petroleum and natural gas storage tanks and pipelines.” More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4548.\
4/5/17, 1 p.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Technical Advisory Committee on reissuance and possible amendments to the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) general permit for noncontact cooling water discharges of 50,000 gallons per day or less. At the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen (Henrico County). The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-196. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published May 30, 2016. More information on the process of this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1899.
3/30/17, 10 a.m.: Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Private Well Regulations Workgroup. At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond. The workgroup is advising the VDH on possible revisions to the regulations, located in the Virginia Administrative Code at 12 VAC 5-630, available online at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title12/agency5/chapter630/.