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Draft guidance on crushing of universal waste lamps

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been in the process of developing amended regulations to address the crushing of universal waste (UW) lamps under the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. The proposed regulations were published in the Virginia Register on November 2, 2015. The public comment period closed on January 4, 2016. Based on the comments received, no changes to the regulations were made.

At this point the final regulations are tentatively scheduled to be published in the Virginia Register on October 31, 2016. In support of pending implementation of the new regulations, the DEQ has developed a draft guidance to assist UW handlers who either wish to continue crushing UW lamps or plan to begin crushing UW lamps after the effective date of the regulations. This draft guidance as well as a FAQ may be found at the following links: and
We would appreciate receiving any comments you may have on these documents by Monday, November 14, 2016. You may send your comments to Ashby Scott at

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Ashby Scott, Hazardous Waste Permit Writer, Office of Financial Responsibility and Waste Programs at:

From: Leslie Beckwith

Sent: October 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

Correct Save the Date: November 3rd & 4th- Managing the Future of Solid Waste in Virginia: A Discussion with DEQ

Managing the Future of Solid Waste in Virginia: A Discussion with DEQ

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a Stakeholder Conference on managing the future of solid waste in the Commonwealth. This event is being planned in conjunction with several public and private sector organizations including: SWANA Old Dominion Chapter, VRA, VWIA, and SVSWMA. The Conference will be held at the Omni in Charlottesville on November 3 and 4 2014. This workshop will be on all things solid waste in Virginia allowing for engagement with stakeholders and regulators on solid waste issues. Over the course of a day and half, participants will have the opportunity to discuss emerging and important issues in solid waste permitting, compliance, groundwater, planning, recycling, and more.

These universal topics such as the future of solid waste regulatory actions, managing groundwater monitoring and remediation, or DEQ’s role in recycling and composting regulations and solid waste planning cut across all aspects of solid waste management. Additionally, these topics will be ones affecting facilities across the state whether it’s a transfer station in a rural county or large solid waste landfill outside a metro area. Overall, if you are involved in solid waste management, this conference will provide you the unique opportunity to discuss your issues and challenges with DEQ. It also provides the opportunity to provide discussion prior to action on these issues by DEQ and provide feedback to DEQ on what issues it should be focusing on in the future.

We are working hard to make this conference an excellent opportunity that will be economically practicable for attendees. More details will be coming soon on registration and specific agenda items. In the mean time save the date for this important conference.

If you have questions or specific topics you would like to see addressed, please contact Justin Williams, Office of Waste Permitting and Compliance at:

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: August 22, 2014 at 8:26 am

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From: Jeff Steers

Sent: August 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Spring 2013 Update from the Land Division Director

June 5, 2013

Welcome to the Division of Land Protection & Revitalization

Transitioning into summer, it is hard to imagine that we are nearly half way through 2013. DEQ’s land programs continue to use a variety of risk management approaches and tools to proactively protect Virginia’s natural resources while ensuring the safe and efficient remediation of contaminated lands and ground water Two recent examples include our new guidance on landfill construction oversight and an evaluation of how the DEQ’s develops Alternate Concentration Limits (ACLs) for the protection of groundwater.

In collaboration with our solid waste regulated facilities and consulting engineer community, we worked to streamline the permitting review process, improving the quality of applications received, in order to free up staff time to focus more on the oversight of field construction activity. Our construction oversight guidance and the resulting implementation provides a mechanism for DEQ to verify necessary components of landfill construction on the ground with the goal being that construction is occurring in accordance with applicable requirements. I wish to personally thank our many stakeholders, including the Old Dominion chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) for their valuable input during the development of the guidance. This program has been designed not to interfere or impede a landfill moving forward with timely construction.. A copy of the guidance can be found here: .

Each year, the Department revises the above referenced ACLs which, in part, are used to set Groundwater Protection Standards (GPS) at Virginia’s solid waste landfills. Our annual update incorporates the latest toxicological research published by the US EPA. DEQ translates this data into concentration values based on a number of criteria related to the hazards associated with both carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic chemicals. Very conservative assumptions are typically used in the calculations of these standards. One assumption is that groundwater is being used for human consumption on neighboring properties, which oftentimes, is not the case. We are pursuing the development of an option which provides for risk-based levels to be tied to the location of a landfill (urban v. rural). It is expected this option would be developed by the end of the calendar year. Such an option would recognize the fact that in many instances, the use of groundwater for human consumption in urban areas is restricted by local ordinances. This past spring, staff held a stakeholder meeting to discuss the current and future program options for ACL development. We received valuable feedback on the process of developing ACLs. For a summary of this feedback and the latest ACL changes, please visit: .

We appreciate your support as the Division continues the challenging work of balancing priorities against resource demands. Should you ever wish to discuss any of our programs or have any questions, feel free to contact me at 804-698-4079 or by email at:


Jeff Steers, Director
Division of Land Protection & Revitalization

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: June 06, 2013 at 7:36 am

Universal Waste Lamp Crushing Proposal

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is convening a second stakeholder group meeting to receive input on universal waste (UW) lamp crushing in Virginia. The Department may seek US EPA authorization under RCRA for this activity (currently allowed under state regulation but outside the our authorized scope of hazardous waste authorization granted to Virginia by EPA).

We would like to receive input from a wide spectrum of regulated/affected parties, including State and Federal agencies, industry, recyclers, consultants and others who have an interest in this area and the associated regulations under the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations.

The stakeholders meeting will be held at the DEQ Piedmont Regional Offices in Glen Allen, Virginia on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to send another representative from your organization.

In preparation for the meeting, a draft document entitled “Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Bulb Crushing Operations: Air Monitoring for Mercury and a Risk Based “Compliance Standard” to Demonstrate Effectiveness” is available for review by contacting Mr. Willard Keene at We will be seeking input on this document during the meeting.

Seasons Greetings!

Jeff Steers

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: December 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm