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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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Land Protection Director's Listening Session- Deadline to Register

A reminder to interested parties, that if you are interested, I will be hosting the first of quarterly listening session on stakeholder issues of importance in the Division of Land Protection and Revitalization on April 27th in our Piedmont Regional Office. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NEXT FRIDAY APRIL 15TH. Please visit our division's home page ( )for more details.

Jeff Steers

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: April 08, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Upcoming Division of Land Protection Listening Stakeholder Meeting


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. Please take a moment to download my most recent presentation, Managing Risk Through Focused Priorities the Future State of Solid Waste in Virginia- . We have many opportunities and I am committed to using available tools and out of the box thinking to achieve these objectives. Stakeholder input is critical to our success. Beginning this spring, my staff and I will be holding listening sessions across the Commonwealth. Our first session is currently scheduled for April 27th in our Piedmont Regional Office. The meeting is scheduled from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm . Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. If you are interested in attending, please register via email to Cynthia Houchens at . If you haven't yet had the opportunity to do so,please download our Interest Form- to complete an interest form regarding future stakeholder involvement. This will help us gauge your interest in participating in future sessions as well as soliciting ideas on issues of importance. It is my hope that your ideas can be categorized and used as discussion topics at future meetings. By completing the form, you are not obligated to attend meetings nor are you signing on to any long term commitment. However, your thoughts will help me plan future meetings. Thank you for your interest in the Division of Land Protection & Revitalization.

Jeff Steers

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: February 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Upcoming Brownfield Conference Announcement

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Brownfields and Land Renewal Program is pleased to offer a regional Brownfields Conference in Harrisonburg on March 10, 2011. The event will take place at the DEQ Valley Regional Office at 4411 Early Road Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is no charge for this event and a box lunch will be included as part of the working lunch. (Mapquest location: )

We are requesting that you register on line at to provide us with an accurate head count seating purposes and to ensure that sufficient box lunches are available along with coffee/refreshments.

• Harrisonburg -

The registration page will provide additional information on the facility location, agenda, and driving directions. Also by completing the early registration on-line you will allow us to provide via e-mail the agenda once finalized, updates for any last minute changes and additional information.

These Brownfields outreach events are meant to provide information needed in these areas of the state in order to assist with Brownfields redevelopment and land revitalization, topics will include Brownfields Grants, Brownfields wide area planning/green infrastructure, PCBs, drycleaners, historic pesticide usage, lead & asbestos, and regulatory and agency updates on a state and national level

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Meade Anderson at 804-698-4179 or

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: February 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

Revised Groundwater Alternate Concentration Limits (ACLs) Have Arrived

Effective March 1, 2011, DEQ is implementing revised ACLs in the solid and hazardous waste program. We recognize the fact that there are circumstances where an exceedance of a Groundwater Protection Standard (GPS) may
pose a minimal risk to human health. During the upcoming SWANA/DEQ Amendment 7 training, I will be sharing a future short term and long term path forward for dealing with certain types of GPS exceedances on a case by case basis. In the meantime, feel free to download the new ACL data from the front page of our Division web site at and scroll down to the "What's New" section

Jeff Steers

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

DEQ's Waste Division Has Changed Names

Welcome to the Division of Land Protection & Remediation. We recently changed our name from the Waste Division to better reflect our purpose and the services that we provide to protect Virginia’s natural resources. While we do in fact regulate a variety of solid and hazardous wastes along with having regulatory oversight of the petroleum program, we do so in an effort to proactively protect land and groundwater resources. Our corrective action programs implemented under the RCRA and CERCLA statutes, as well as the Voluntary Remediation Program, are by design, an effort to cleanup contaminated media (both soil and groundwater) and to the greatest extent possible, return the land to an appropriate productive use.

One of our efforts in the Division of Land Protection and Revitalization is to focus less on the prescriptive approach of regulating waste itself and focus on common sense outcomes that protect the land and groundwater from environmental impacts. Throughout the next year, we will be continuing to make improvements to several of our programs in order to better serve both our stakeholders and the environment. So please stay tuned

From: Jeff Steers

Sent: February 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm