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Latest updates in our waste regulatory programs (solid/ hazardous waste and groundwater), the petroleum program, Superfund and DEQ’s voluntary/Brownfield programs, including upcoming events.

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Draft Changes to the Ground Water ACLs from 2011

We have posted proposed changes to the solid waste Alternate Concentration Limits (ACLs) for groundwater monitoring. These new standards will become effective on February 1, 2012.

The draft changes can be found at:

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: December 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Division Director's Latest Message

Message From the Division Director

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2012! It has been a busy year in the Division of Land Protection and Revitalization. Some highlights from 2011 include:
• Implementation of Amendment 7 of the Solid Waste Regulations;
• changing the name of the Waste Division to better promote our core mission of proactive protection of land and groundwater resources while addressing pollution at old contaminated sites;
• a series of training events and webinars on a variety of topics ranging from the new solid waste regulations to financial assurance;
• a series of stakeholder meetings wherein DEQ solicited ideas on everything from the crushing of florescent tubes, to an earthquake shorten meeting on vapor intrusion at sites in our Voluntary Remediation Program;
• enhancing communication through such means as this update and our new list serve subscription service;
• two special consultant workshops on permitting and groundwater, which serve to springboard future changes on how we administer the solid waste permitting and groundwater programs;
• implementation of the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act.
This past year, we were saddened with the loss of one of our team members, Mr. Jerry Grimes, who worked in several of our division’s programs throughout his nearly 20 years of service with the Commonwealth. His smile and enthusiasm touched us all and he will be greatly missed.

As we begin the New Year, I would like to welcome Mr. Justin Williams to our division. Justin will be managing our Office of Waste Permitting and Compliance. He previously served as the program’s enforcement manager and the Department’s adjudication officer. His understanding of the solid and hazardous waste regulatory programs and progressive problem solving will serve us well as we continue to make improvements begun during 2011.

Many tough issues face the Commonwealth during these difficult economic times, and we are continuously working to be more efficient and streamline our processes (doing more with less). This includes sharing resources across regions and within our central office in order to get work completed. When appropriate to do so, we actively engage and challenge US EPA in open dialogue on such issues as the regulation of coal ash and other issues related to future unfunded mandates; while recognizing the potential reduction in federal grants used to administer the hazardous waste and petroleum tank programs. We will continue to provide many opportunities for stakeholder input and welcome ongoing communication.


Jeff Steers,
Division Director

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: December 29, 2011 at 10:15 am

Upcoming Event and Links to Previous Stakeholder Meetings

Dear interested party,

Last spring, I hosted an informal listening session in our Piedmont Regional office, inviting our many stakeholders to have a discussion on priorities in the Division of Land Protection & Revitalization. This was a successful event, and I want to offer those with an interest, the opportunity to hear what the DLP&R is doing since then as we manage our priorities using a risk based approach while seeking to continue listening to your ideas and suggestions. My management team and myself will be in our Blue Ridge Regional Office, located in Roanoke, for the next session, scheduled to occur on November 3, 2011 from 10 am to 2 pm. We continue to explore opportunities to improve our efficiencies and to the extent allowed by our operating statutes and regulations, use sensible risk based decision-making. Thus far, we have sought stakeholder input on such issues as solid waste permitting and groundwater monitoring/corrective action, fluorescent tube (bulb) crushing, vapor intrusion at sites enrolled in DEQ’s Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) and engagement sessions with the Old Dominion Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Virginia Waste Industries Association (VWIA) and the Southwest Virginia Solid Waste Management Association. We have developed a web page that includes the agendas, participant lists, notes and presentations from our past stakeholder meetings, please visit: to download and review

If you are interested in attending our next meeting, please register via email to Cynthia Houchens at . Thank you for your interest in the Division of Land Protection & Revitalization. Once registered you will receive follow up details as they are released.

Jeff Steers
Director, Division of Land Protection & Revitalization

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: September 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm

September 7th Solid Waste Groundwater Workshop Registration is Now Closed

Due to overwhelming interest, we are no longer able to accomodate any new attendees for our September 7, 2011 Solid Waste Groundwater workshop. Registration for the event is now closed.

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: August 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

Division Director's Latest Web Page Message

The following is posted on the Division of Land Protection and Revitalization's home page at:

Message from the Division Director

During the last several months my staff and I have focused on soliciting stakeholder input in a variety of issues and topics impacting waste management and land renewal efforts in the Commonwealth. This is the beginning of an ongoing program to improve efficiencies within our organization, while focusing on risk based outcomes to achieve environmental protection.

On April 27, 2011 DEQ hosted an open listening session for consultants, local officials, citizens, permitted facility owner/operators and others. Over 30 people attended the session and offered a variety of thoughts related to our solid waste permitting and groundwater programs, the voluntary remediation program (VRP) and consistency in monitoring and compliance programs across DEQ's regioanl offices. Such stakeholder input will help us to set our improvement priorities. We intend to hold a similar session in the western region of the state this fall.

DEQ also recently held a "consultant workshop on solid waste permitting" and a stakeholder meeting on the future of florescent tube management regulations. On September 7, 2011 we will be hosting a workshop on solid waste groundwater. In the upcoming months we will be having stakeholder sessions to discuss draft guidance related to the reuse of contaminated media and debris and the applicablity of off site vapor intrusion (VI) assessments at sites enrolled in DEQ's VRP.

Please continue to check back on Land Protection and Revitalization homepage. New information is regularly posted to the Whats New section below.


Jeff Steers,

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: July 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm