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Virginia seeks public comment on proposed approval of U.S. Army Corps wetland permits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on its proposal to certify the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Nationwide Permits. DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board, may issue a final certification decision on a Corps permit if the permit meets the requirements of the Virginia Water Protection permit program regulations.

State law requires that a VWP permit be obtained for impacts to wetlands, streams and open water unless otherwise excluded from permitting. Application is made through the Joint Permit Application process for concurrent federal and state project review. DEQ routinely issues these certifications every five years.

DEQ still will require that every project go through the formal application process before any permit decision is made, and it will retain authority to require that certain projects obtain individual permits.

The comment period on the proposed certification approval ends March 17, 2017. More information about the proposal and public comments is on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WetlandsStreams/PublicNotices.aspx.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: February 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

Public meeting scheduled on closure of coal ash ponds at Possum Point power station

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2017

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Department of Environmental Quality will host an information briefing on a proposed environmental permit for the Dominion Possum Point power station in Prince William County.

The meeting will be held at Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive, Dumfries, VA 22026 on January 26, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held February 2, 2017, at the same location and time.

The meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash ponds. The closure of these ponds is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit addresses the closure of coal ash Pond D, which is closing in place, including the capping and post-closure care. The proposed solid waste permit also covers the remaining coal ash ponds, which are being closed through removal. Additional proposed permit requirements include groundwater monitoring and surface water monitoring.

This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for any solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure. The meeting is intended to supplement the solid waste permit process and to allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions during the official public comment period. Also, please note that because this meeting is not part of the official permitting process, comments made during this information meeting will not be part of the official public comment record on any of the required permit actions.

Information about the meeting or the proposed permit is available from Richard Doucette at (703) 583-3813 or by email, richard.doucette@deq.virginia.gov.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: January 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Public meeting scheduled on closure of coal ash pond at Clinch River power plant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2017

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804)698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Department of Environmental Quality will host an information briefing on a proposed environmental permit for the Appalachian Power Co. Clinch River plant near Carbo in Russell County.

The meeting will be held at Russell County Conference Center, 139 Highland Drive, Lebanon, Va., on January 25, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held February 1, 2017, at the same location and time.

The meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash pond. The closure of this pond is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit covers the closure of a single coal ash pond, Ash Pond 1, including the capping of the coal ash pond and post-closure care. Additional proposed permit requirements include groundwater monitoring and surface water monitoring for the coal ash pond.

This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for any solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure. The meeting is intended to supplement the solid waste permit process and to allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions during the official public comment period. Also, please note that because this meeting is not part of the official permitting process, comments made during this information meeting will not be part of the official public comment record on any of the required permit actions.

Information about the meeting or the proposed permit is available from Dan Manweiler at (276) 676-4837 or by email, daniel.manweiler@deq.virginia.gov.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: January 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

Virginia proposes enforcement action over mineral oil spills by Dominion in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2016

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has proposed an enforcement action with Virginia Electric and Power Co. (Dominion) for discharges of approximately 9,000 gallons of mineral oil from a transformer at the West Staunton substation in Augusta County and approximately 13,500 gallons of mineral oil from a transformer at the Crystal City substation in Arlington County.

The Augusta discharge entered an unnamed tributary of Bell Creek and flowed into a farm pond in January 2016. The Arlington discharge entered Roaches Run and the Potomac River, also in January 2016. Dominion has reported that 8,900 gallons of oil were recovered in Augusta, and 11,120 gallons were recovered in Arlington.

This proposed enforcement action contains a civil charge of $259,535, reimburses DEQ $5,882.80 for oil discharge investigative costs, and requires the completion of a corrective action plan to restore and provide monitoring to evaluate any long-term impacts and promote restoration of the environment.

Dominion has spent approximately $1.5 million and $4.2 for response, remediation and restoration at the West Staunton and Crystal City substations, respectively. These totals do not include equipment costs for the replacement transformers. In collaboration with other natural resource trustees, DEQ also will continue to participate and promote assessment and recovery for damage to natural resources resulting from the discharge.

DEQ's enforcement mission is to ensure compliance with Virginia's environmental laws and regulations, and to protect public health and the environment for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth. DEQ's Enforcement Program has a statewide presence with enforcement staff in six regional offices. In addition, DEQ coordinates closely with federal, state and local officials in a comprehensive strategy to thoroughly investigate reports of pollution.

This proposed enforcement action is the product of collaborative investigatory efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard, District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A description of the proposed enforcement action is available online at www.deq.virginia.gov. DEQ will accept comments by email to Lee.Crowell@deq.virginia.gov, or postal mail to P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23219, from October 31, 2016, through November 30, 2016.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: October 31, 2016 at 10:01 am

Fuel spill affects James River at Richmond Deep Water Terminal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2016

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is working on a cleanup on the James River in the area of the Richmond Deep Water Terminal because of a fuel spill that occurred August 23.

The spill occurred when a tanker truck overturned while making a turn from Commerce road to Interstate 95. Fuel spilled from the tanker, which contained gasoline and diesel fuel, and some of it entered a storm drain along the road. Fuel from the storm drain outfall then entered the James River at the deep water terminal.

The tanker was carrying about 7,500 gallons of fuel; of that, 650 gallons were recovered from the tanker and 2,700 gallons were recovered from the road.

Storm drains in the area were inspected Tuesday, and absorbent booms were placed in the river to contain the fuel. A fuel sheen has been observed along the shoreline of the river for at least one-half mile, but most of the fuel is expected to evaporate today.

Some of the fuel has accumulated along the shore. DEQ will determine how to address this while also ensuring the removal of fuel from the storm outfall.

No immediate environmental or other effects have been observed. DEQ is coordinating the cleanup with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city of Richmond and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as cleanup contractors.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: August 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm