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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

Virginia's Voluntary Remediation Program

For important updates on DEQ's Voluntary Remediaiton Program (VRP), please refer to the the Land Protection & Revitalization Division Director's message on our web site at: .Please note that you will need to cut and paste this link into your browser. Thank you for your interest in our programs. Jeff Steers

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: October 05, 2012 at 12:12 pm

New Article from the Division Director Now Available

My latest update message is now available on our website at:

Also, I always welcome feedback and input on our Division's programs. Feel free to email me at .

Jeff Steers

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Reuse of Lightly Contaminated Media (Soil and Debris)

The Virginia DEQ’s Division of Land Protection and Revitalization is proposing to issue a state wide variance to the definition of solid waste under 9VAC20-81-710 that allows for the beneficial use of lightly contaminated soil, debris and sediment (for upland management only). The Department encourages the reuse and development of contaminated properties while recognizing the need to find cost effective solutions to manage excavated soil, debris and sediment. Using a self implementing approach that incorporates soil/debris characterization, risk based decision criteria, property owner notifications and where appropriate, institutional controls, generators will have an option to reuse excavated materials both on-site and off-site. Generators meeting the requirements of the variance would not need to manage these materials as a solid waste.
The Department is planning on holding two public meetings to provide further details regarding the proposed variance and to take comments from interested parties. In accordance with the Virginia Solid Waste Management Regulations, we have public noticed the draft action and are accepting comments through the close of business on Monday, June 18th. The public notice can be viewed at:
Meetings are scheduled to occur at the Piedmont Regional Office (Glen Allen VA) on May 31, 2012 and the Blue Ridge Regional Office (Roanoke VA) on June 7, 2012. Both meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. A copy of the draft action can be found at . For further information, please contact Mr. Justin Williams (804)698-4185.

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: May 18, 2012 at 8:04 am


June 12, 2012
DEQ, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Voluntary Remediation Program is planning a technical outreach session to be held at DEQ in Richmond, Virginia on June 12, 2012. The objectives of the outreach include:

• Provide technical information intended for all professions involved in VRP sites
• Network and getting better acquainted
• Introduce the VRP Checklist
o Site Characterization
o Vapor Intrusion
o Risk Assessment
• Discuss ways we can help each other get sites through the VRP faster
• Discuss ways to improve communication and help reduce the number and occurrences of comments

There will be two ways to participate; in person or via webinar. The agenda and logistics, including how to register, are being finalized and forthcoming. Mark your calendars for June 12, 2012 and we look forward to having you participate.

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: April 18, 2012 at 8:29 am