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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 In the upcoming months we will be having stakeholder sessions to discuss draft guidance related to the reuse of contaminated media and debris and the applicablity of off site vapor intrusion (VI) assessments at sites enrolled in DEQ's VRP.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

Vapor Intrusion and Virginia's Voluntary Remediation Program

***Opportunity to Provide Input into Upcoming Guidance***

DEQ Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) and Risk Assessment staff are planning to develop guidance for evaluating the off- site vapor intrusion (VI) pathway. We would like to solicit stakeholder input during the guidance development.

Vapor intrusion is the migration of volatile chemicals from the subsurface into overlying buildings. Off-site vapor intrusion is a concern when volatile chemicals are released from a VRP site such as a dry cleaner or manufacturing facility and the contamination moves onto an adjacent property.

We will hold a kick-off meeting for interested stakeholders to discuss the guidance development on August 23, 2011 at the DEQ Central Office from 1:00 to 4:00 in the 2nd floor conference room.

Some of the issues to be discussed at the meeting are:

• Data requirements for evaluating off-site VI risk
• Lines of evidence that should be considered in evaluating the off-site VI pathway
• Trigger levels for requiring off-site sampling
• Types of off-site sampling that may be required
• Responsibility for notifying downgradient property owners
• Time frame for initiating off-site investigations

Please notify me ( if you plan to attend this meeting. While in person attendance is highly encouraged, DEQ recognizes that this may not be possible for everyone, so if you have an interest in participating via conference calling, please let me know.

Feel free to pass this message on to others who may be interested.


Patricia McMurray
Risk Assessment Program Manager
Office of Remediation Programs
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
629 E. Main St. Richmond VA 23219

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: July 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Solid Waste Groundwater Consultants Workshop- Save the Date

Dear Colleague ,

I am pleased to announce upcoming opportunities for collaboration and information exchange on technical solid waste groundwater issues. As part of my ongoing commitment to promote efficiency and streamlining of Virginia’s solid waste programs, it is necessary that the Department, our permitted facilities and consultants understand the role that quality plays in our regulatory processes and in decision-making. DEQ is currently investigating opportunities to streamline Virginia’s groundwater program (this includes potentially significant changes in our regulations and guidance for solid waste facilities) in order to maximize the use of facility resources while protecting human health and the environment.

You are invited to learn more about our future plans, and provide input, while also working with us to improve the quality of groundwater submissions and subsequent DEQ review comments. We are developing an agenda and will provide additional information pertaining to this event in the very near future. If you or your firm is interested in participating in future improvement opportunities, you are highly encouraged to attend this session.

Date: September 7, 2011
Time: 10 am- 4 pm
Location: DEQ Central Office, 629 East Main St., Richmond VA 23219- 2nd Floor Training Rooms

Please RSVP your attendance at the September 7th meeting to Ms. Cynthia Houchens at by August 26th.

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: July 07, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Update on Vanadium ACL

Since the Alternate Concentration Limit (ACL) update effective March 1, 2011, DEQ has received numerous requests to establish a Groundwater Protection Standard (GPS) for vanadium based on background. After reviewing many of these requests, it has become apparent that the quantitation limits (QL) achieved by the laboratories used by Solid Waste facilities in Virginia vary considerably and are, for the most part, higher than the ACL of 1.1 ug/L.
In order to maintain consistency, DEQ is establishing a common 'baseline' QL of 10 ug/L that we will expect labs to meet across the state. Consistent with existing policy, DEQ will then allow facilities to substitute the QL for the ACL when it comes to recognizing a GPS exceedance. This baseline QL will be effective on July 1, 2011 and will apply to all sampling events undertaken during the 3rd and 4th quarters of this year. If an owner/operator is notified by his/her laboratory that a 10 ug/L QL for vanadium cannot be achieved, DEQ should be notified as soon as possible to discuss options.

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: July 05, 2011 at 12:59 pm