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.