Category Archives: Laws&Regs

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for June 15-28, 2018

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

6/19/18, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Board.  At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon.

6/19/18, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

6/20/18, 9 a.m.: Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board.  At the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

6/20/18, 10 a.m.: Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists.  At the Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.

6/21/18, 10 a.m.: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At 600 East Main Street in Richmond.

6/28/18, 9 a.m.: Soil and Water Conservation Board.  At Swift Creek Dining Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).

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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.

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.

6/20/18, 5:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of bacterial impairments in the Rappahannock River and several tributaries (Baylors Creek, Elmwood Creek and an unnamed tributary to Elmwood Creek, Jetts Creek, Mill Creek, Peedee Creek and an unnamed tributary to Peedee Creek, Portobago Creek, and Stillwater Creek), located in the Chesapeake Bay basin in Essex, Caroline, King George, Richmond, and Westmoreland counties.  At Westmoreland Fire Department, 52 Rectory Road in Montross.

6/21/18, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Catawba Creek and of bacterial impairment in the James River and tributaries Barbours Creek, Craig Creek, Catawba Creek, Lapsley Run, Little Patterson Creek, and Sinking Creek, all in the James River basin in Botetourt and Craig counties.  At Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative, 26198 Craig Creek Road in New Castle (Craig County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Air-Water Connections
6/19/18, 6:30 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Danville.  At the RCATT Building, Room 115, Danville Community College, 121 Slayton Avenue in Danville.  The public comment period runs 5/18/18 to 7/5/18.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, “[The] current application for amendment does not include any new or modified emissions units, nor does it change any allowed emission limits at the facility.  The 2014 PSD permit, as amended in 2017, was subject to major new source review for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) for which there is no increment.  The current application does request refinement of two provisions to the current permit language.  First, the current amendment adds a parallel, equivalent, concentration-based statement of performance to the permitted destruction efficiency for the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) to address acceptable operation of that air pollution control device during expected periods of low inlet pollutant loading.  Second, the current amendment replaces the single, historic, composite, plant-wide emission limit on VOC from the application of refresher solvent with two subset emissions limits on the same emissions.  Each subset is a function of one of the two types of tires produced at the facility (that is, aircraft tires or truck tires).  …No adverse impact on air quality near the facility is expected from the implementation of these two refinements.”

Coastal Flooding
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding.  House Room 1, The Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The subcommittee was created by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly (HJR 16 and SJR 3) to make recommendations for a comprehensive planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore, particularly as climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events.  Information on the work of this subcommittee is available from the Division of Legislative Services, online at http://dls.virginia.gov/interim_studies_flooding.html.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
6/26/18, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality public hearing on a draft permit modification for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit by Doswell Limited Partnership for the Doswell Energy Center in Ashland (Hanover County).  At the Ashland Branch Library, 201 South Railroad Avenue in Ashland.  The partnership has applied to revise its permit to combine the natural gas limit for several units and will include revisions to include tune up, startup, shutdown and malfunction changes.  The draft permit considers emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, Acrolein, and formaldehyde.  The public comment period closes 7/26/18.

Land and Watershed Management
6/19/18, 12 noon: Recreational Facilities Authority.  At the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Explore Park, 56 Roanoke River Parkway Road in Roanoke.  Virginia Code information about the Authority is available online at https://law.lis.virginia.gov/authorities/virginia-recreational-facilities-authority-act/.

Legislative Commissions
6/18/18, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  For meeting agenda and minutes, please see http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm?x=mtg.  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.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
6/19/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on Cessation Orders JLB0000187, JLB0000204, and JLB0000206 for Revelation Energy LLC (Permit numbers 1102080, 1102137, and 1102135, respectively).  At the DMME Office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal conference regarding the renewal permit application for Harold Keene Coal Co, Inc., application 1010195.  At Richlands Town Hall, 200 Washington Square in Richlands (Tazewell County).  The proposed permit area is located 0.5 miles north of Raven, Va., on the Russell-Tazewell county line, in the Clinch River/Upper Tennessee River watershed.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville (Middlesex 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/.

Scenic Rivers
6/21/18, 12 p.m.: Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Board.  At City Hall, 900 East Broad Street in Richmond.

Stormwater
6/25/18, 9:30 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 Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road 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.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Jun. 8-Jun. 13, 2018

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

6/13/18, 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.

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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.

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.

6/13/18, 6:30 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairment in North Fork Catoctin Creek, located in the Potomac River basin in Loudoun County.  At the Purcellville Library, 220 East Main Street in Purcellville.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Coastal Flooding
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding.  House Room 1, The Capitol, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  The subcommittee was created by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly (HJR 16 and SJR 3) to make recommendations for a comprehensive planning effort to address recurrent flooding in Virginia’s Tidewater and Eastern Shore, particularly as climate change is expected to increase extreme weather events.  Information on the work of this subcommittee is available from the Division of Legislative Services, online at http://dls.virginia.gov/interim_studies_flooding.html.

Energy-Fossil Fuels
6/11/18, 6 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Spruance Genco LLC for its cogeneration facility at 5001 Commerce Road in Richmond.  At the Richmond Public Library-Broad Rock Branch, 4820 Warwick Road in Richmond.  The company seeks to modify four coal-fired burners to use natural gas instead.  The draft permit considers emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates, and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 5/9/18 to 6/26/18.

Infrastructure Construction Funding
6/11/18, 1:30 p.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Budget Committee; 6/11/18, 2 p.m.: VRA Personnel Committee; 6/11/18, 2:30 p.m.: VRA Portfolio Risk Management Committee; 6/12/18, 9 a.m.: VRA Board of Directors.  All at the VRA Office, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1920, in Richmond.

Land and Watershed Management (including Highways and Other Transportation)
6/11/18, 6 p.m.:  Spearhead Trails Board of Directors.  At 1053 Cedar Valley Drive in Cedar Bluff (Tazewell County).  Spearhead Trials is an initiative of the Southwest Regional Recreation Area; more information is available online at https://spearheadtrails.com/about-us/.

6/13/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on the development of a Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) for the Northern Virginia.  At the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Suite 200, 3040 Williams Drive in Fairfax.  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for the meeting: “This is a notice for the second meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for development of the Salt Management Strategy (SaMS).  Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for chloride associated with salt application from snow and ice management have been developed for the Accotink Creek watershed, located in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.  These TMDLs are currently in the approval process.  The SaMS is intended to assist in the implementation of the Accotink Creek chloride TMDLs.  The SaMS aims to prepare a strategy that is capable of achieving the target chloride (salt) loads identified in the Accotink Creek TMDLs and that proactively addresses salt application in the broader surrounding region.  The project area for the SaMS includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church, and Fairfax.  For more information on the SaMS visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS.aspx.  …All meeting materials related to this project will be posted on the DEQ website at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/SaMS/MeetingMaterials.aspx.

Legislative Commissions
6/18/18, 10 a.m.: State Water Commission.  At the Capitol Building, House Room 1, 1000 Bank Street in Richmond.  For meeting agenda and minutes, please see http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm?x=mtg.  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.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
6/13/18, 1 p.m.: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Orphaned Land Advisory Committee.  At Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown (Frederick County).  This committee assists the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s (DMME) Division of Mineral Mining in prioritizing sites to be reclaimed via funding from the Orphaned Land Fund.  In 1978, Virginia passed legislation establishing a non-coal orphaned land reclamation program intended to reclaim lands affected by mining for some 50 metals and other minerals during Virginia’s history.  Funds for the program come from interest on money in a state-managed, industry self-bonding programMore information on Virginia’s Orphan Land Program is available online at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMM/olap.shtml.

River Basin Advisory Committees and Commissions
6/20/18, 1 p.m.: Rappahannock River Basin Commission.  At Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville (Middlesex 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/.

Scenic Rivers
6/11/18, 4:30 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for May 3-May 16, 2018

Please note: The Water Central News Grouper will be on vacation in May 2018.  This will be the last government meetings post until the first week of June 2018.

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 events, please see the “Announcements” posts at the Virginia Water Monitoring Council Web site, http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

5/8/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  On 5/8/18 at 11 a.m.: Land Surveyors Exam Workshop, at the same location.

5/8/18, 6 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Fisheries Management Advisory Committee.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/10/18, 10 a.m.: Board of Conservation and Recreation.  At Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville (Warren County).

5/11/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee.  At the James Madison Building, 5th Floor Main Conference Room, 109 Governor Street in Richmond.

5/11/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Radiation Advisory Board.  At the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  This meeting will include discussion of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly’s House Bill 1534, which calls for a radon study by the Health Department.

5/14/18, 7 p.m.: Marine Resources Commission’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Board.  At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

5/15/18, 2 p.m.: Marine Products Board.  At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Watermen’s Hall , 1375 Greate Road in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County).

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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.

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.

5/3/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public input meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan/Agricultural Sector for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Powhatan Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, DCR is soliciting input from its partners within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the development of the agricultural component of the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP III).  These meetings are the first round of discussions to determine how best to meet the revised WIP III nutrient reduction goals for agriculture by the year 2025.  Other sectors will hold similar meetings at other dates and/or locations.  Other meetings on the agricultural sector are as follows:
5/9/18, 10 a.m., at the Tidewater AREC, 6321 Holland Road in Suffolk;
5/16/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 75 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/22/18, 10 a.m., at the Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Chesapeake Bay
5/3/18, 1 p.m., at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.; and 5/4/18, 8 a.m., at the Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, in Washington [link to PDF of agenda]: Chesapeake Bay Commission.  According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/about.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.  The next regular meeting will be September 6-7, 2018, in Woodbridge, Va.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
5/14/18, 6:30 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  carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates, and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 4/11/18 to 5/29/18.

5/16/18, 7 p.m.: Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearing on a draft major source construction permit for Norcraft Companies LLC  in Lynchburg.  At the Forest Public Library, 15583 Forest Road in Forest (Bedford County).  The draft permit amendment considers emissions of particulates and volatile organic compounds.  The public comment period on the draft permit runs 4/12/18 to 5/31/18.

Scenic Rivers
5/12/18, 4:30 p.m.: Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee.  At Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light Street in Lovettsville (Loudoun County).

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
5/9/18, 9 a.m., : Department of Health (VDH) public comment meeting on Regulations for Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems, 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.  At the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg (Loudoun County).  VDH is soliciting public comments prior to considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations.  Other public comment meetings are as follows:
5/10/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/14/18, 1:30 p.m., at the Perimeter Center, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond;
5/22/18, 1:30 p.m., at Training Room A, 135 Hall Avenue in Suffolk.
Previous meetings were as follows:
5/2/18 in Wytheville (Wythe County).

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Apr. 26-May 9, 2018

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

5/2/18, 12 noon: Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees.  At the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road Williamsburg.  On 5/3/18 at 9 a.m., the Board’s Preservation Trust Fund Committee meets at a location to be determined.

5/8/18, 9:30 a.m.: Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects/Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Section.  At the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond.  On 5/8/18 at 11 a.m.: Land Surveyors Exam Workshop, at the same location.

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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.

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.

5/3/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) public input meeting on Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan/Agricultural Sector for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), published in December 2010.  At Powhatan Hall, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield (Chesterfield County).  According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice for this meeting, DCR is soliciting input from its partners within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the development of the agricultural component of the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP III).  These meetings are the first round of discussions to determine how best to meet the revised WIP III nutrient reduction goals for agriculture by the year 2025.  Other sectors will hold similar meetings at other dates and/or locations.  Other meetings on the agricultural sector are as follows:
5/9/18, 10 a.m., at the Tidewater AREC, 6321 Holland Road in Suffolk;
5/16/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 75 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/22/18, 10 a.m., at the Culpeper Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center in Culpeper (Culpeper County).

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Ports
4/30/18, 2 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Finance and Audit Committee.  At 101 West Main Street, 600 World Trade Center in Norfolk.

Stormwater
5/2/18, 10 a.m.: Stormwater Best Management Practices Clearinghouse Stakeholders Group.  At the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 1005 Technology Park Drive in Glen Allen (Henrico County).  The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Clearinghouse is a Web site on design standards and specifications of stormwater BMPs in Virginia.  More information about the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse is available at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/.  The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
4/26/18, 10 a.m.:  Technical Advisory Committee meeting on amendment and reissuance of the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity.  At the Bank of America Building, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.  The relevant section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 25-151.  The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action on this rulemaking was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on February 19, 2018.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1809.

5/2/18, 1:30 p.m.: Department of Health (VDH) public comment meeting on Regulations for Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems, 12 VAC 5-613 in the Virginia Administrative Code.  At Room 122, Smyth Hall, Wytheville Community College, 1000 East Main Street in Wytheville (Wythe County).  VDH is soliciting public comments prior to considering proposed amendments and revisions to the Alternative Onsite Sewage System Regulations.  Other public comment meetings are as follows:
5/9/18, 9 a.m., at the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg (Loudoun County);
5/10/18, 10 a.m., at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane in Verona;
5/14/18, 1:30 p.m., at the Perimeter Center, Board Room 4, 9960 Mayland Drive in Richmond;
5/22/18, 1:30 p.m., at Training Room A, 135 Hall Avenue in Suffolk.

Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operator Regulations
4/26/18, 9 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee/subgroup on cross-connection and backflow preventionAt Sydnor Hydro, Inc., 2111 Magnolia Street in Richmond.  The Advisory Committee is considering possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  This subgroup is considering Sections 55 and 585 through 610.  A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 10/30/17.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7976.

4/26/18, 10 a.m.: Department of Health’s Waterworks Advisory Committee/subgroup on safe yieldAt 109 Governor Street in RichmondThe Advisory Committee is considering possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code).  This subgroup is considering Section 830.  A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 10/30/17.  More information on this regulatory process is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=7976.

Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline Construction under Virginia Bottomlands is Subject of Va. Marine Resources Commission Public Hearing on March 16, 2018

On March 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m., Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) will hold a public hearing to consider the application 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.  (Click on the meeting date above to access the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice of the public hearing.)

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.

Copies of the application may be examined at the VMRC Office, Habitat Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607.  Send comments or inquiries to that office.

For more information: Matt Hull, VMRC Secretary, (757) 247-2214, Matt.Hull@mrc.virginia.gov.

For more information on natural gas developments more generally in Virginia since 2015, please see this News Grouper post.

 

Reducing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants in Virginia – Public Hearings in March 2018 on Proposed Carbon-trading Regulation; Proposal Follows Gov. Executive Directive Issued May 16, 2017

Following is information on Virginia’s process in 2017-18 to develop regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants.  The latest update to this post is March 20, 2018.

In March 2018, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a series of public hearings on proposed carbon dioxide (CO2)-trading regulation.  The public hearings were as follows (dates are hyperlinked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notices):
3/7/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Southwest Regional Office, 355 Deadmore Street in Abingdon.  Other public hearings will be as follows:
3/12/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Boulevard in Virginia Beach;
3/14/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg;
3/15/18, 5 p.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County);
3/19/18, 1:30 p.m., at the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond.

The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 9 VAC 5-140.   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.”

On May 16, 2017, then-Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed and announced Executive Directive 11, which instructed the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to begin a process of developing regulations to reduce carbon emissions from electric power plants.  The directive 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.  Following is an excerpt from the directive: “I hereby direct the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, in coordination with the Secretary of Natural Resources, to take the following actions…
1. Develop a proposed regulation for the State Air Pollution Control Board’s consideration to abate, control, or limit carbon dioxide emissions from electric power facilities that: a. Includes provisions to ensure that Virginia’s regulation is “trading-ready” to allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances through a multi-state trading program; and b. Establishes abatement mechanisms providing for a corresponding level of stringency to limits on carbon dioxide emissions imposed in other states with such limits.
2. By no later than December 31, 2017, present the proposed regulation to the State Air Pollution Control Board for consideration for approval for public comment….”

The May 16, 2017, directive followed the report on May 12, 2017, of the Executive Order 57 Work Group, which Mr. McAuliffe established in June 2016 to study and make recommendations about reducing carbon emissions from the Commonwealth’s power plants.  The group’s final report, along with more information about Executive Order 57, is available online at https://naturalresources.virginia.gov/initiatives/eo-57/.  Please see this link for a previous Water Central News Grouper post on the Work Group.

On June 26, 2017, a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations.  In August 2017, a Regulatory Advisory Committee was formed to provide advice to the DEQ on development of the CO2 regulations.  The committee held its first meeting on August 3, 2017; information on that meeting is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=26367.

Meanwhile, on November 11, 2017, at the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Convention in Bonn, Germany, Virginia became a member of the Under2 Coalition of sub-national governmental entitities that have committed to reducing carbon emissions.  Source: Virginia Becomes Latest US State To Commit To Action On Climate Change, Water Online, 11/17/17.  More information about the Under2 Coalition is available online at https://www.theclimategroup.org/project/under2-coalition.

Additional Source: Governor McAuliffe Takes Executive Action to Reduce Carbon Emissions Across Virginia; “Clean Energy Virginia” initiative will cap greenhouse gases and grow Virginia’s clean energy economy, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 5/16/17.

Following are some news media accounts on Executive Directive 11, listed from newest to oldest.
More than 370 Virginians attend DEQ hearings on carbon reduction, Augusta Free Press, 3/19/18.
Virginia DEQ to Hold Final Input Session on Carbon Plan, Associated Press, as pubished by U.S. News & World Report, 3/19/18.
Virginia Accepting Public Comment on Cap and Trade Plan, WVTF Richmond, 3/16/18.
Virginia’s move to join regional carbon market faces several challenges, Southeast Energy News, 11/28/17.
Virginia regulators approve carbon cap-and-trade plan, Associated Press, as published by Lynchburg News & Advance, 11/16/17.
Virginia Launches Plan to Join East Coast Carbon Market, Cut Emissions 30%, Inside Climate News, 11/16/17.
Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approves draft rule that would regulate power plant carbon emissions, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/16/17.
Virginia Moves to Join RGGI Carbon-trading Market, POWER, 11/15/17.
Virginia DEQ unveils proposal to link with RGGI, ICIS/Reed Business Information, 11/13/17.
Virginia regulators set to unveil new climate plan after Northam victory, Utility Dive, 11/10/17.
After Northam win, Virginia set to unveil cap-and-trade plan, Washington Times, 11/10/17.
Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector, National Law Review, 5/19/17.
Wagner takes aim at McAuliffe carbon order; critics say he’s seeking attention, Daily Press, 5/19/17.
Amid longshot run for governor, Wagner says he’ll call emergency hearing to fight McAuliffe’s climate change plan, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/19/17.
Virginia Governor Orders Power Plant Carbon Regulations, POWER Magazine, 5/18/17.
Bucking D.C. and Republican legislature, Virginia governor moves to limit carbon emissions, ThinkProgress (Center for American Progress Action Fund), 5/17/17.
McAuliffe Moves to Cap Utility Carbon Emissions, Bacon’s Rebellion, 5/17/17.
McAuliffe moves to curb carbon emissions blamed for sea level rise, [Newport News] Daily Press, 5/16/17.
McAuliffe: Virginia will regulate carbon emissions; ‘the threat of climate change is real’, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/16/17.
McAuliffe proposes statewide carbon cap, Washington Post, 5/16/17.
Virginia AG: State board can regulate carbon pollution, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/12/17.
Will Virginia forge its own path on carbon regulation?, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/3/17.

Virginia Small MS4s General Permit Under Review in Early 2018; Dept. Env. Quality Public Hearings in February

In early 2018, the Virginia State Water Control Board and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are considering amendments to the general permit for stormwater discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s).

Public hearings on the proposed amendments will be held Feb. 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge (Prince William County); Feb. 12, 2018, 2 p.m., at the DEQ Central Office, 1111 East Main Street in Richmond; and Feb. 14, 2018, 1 p.m., at the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3019 Peters Creek Road Roanoke (the dates are hyperlinked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall information about the meetings).  The public comment period runs 1/8/18 to 3/9/18.

The pertinent part of the Virginia Administrative Code is Section 9 VAC 25-890 (formerly Part XV, Sect. 4 VAC 50-60).  The proposed amendments were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on January 8, 2018.  More information about this regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=4583&display=stages.  According to the DEQ’s Action Summary at that site, ‘the general permit governs local governments and state and federal agencies that discharge stormwater from municipally owned separate storm sewer systems located within the Census Urbanized Area as determined by the Bureau of Census.  In addition, a periodic/small business impact review of this regulation will be conducted as part of this regulatory action.”

The DEQ’s Web site for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.