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Information about permitting and other DEQ activities related to coal ash management in Virginia.

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Chesapeake Energy Center VPDES Permit and Solid Waste Permit Modifications

The Department of Environmental Quality public noticed the public comment period and public hearing for a draft Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit and a draft solid waste permit on June 3, and June 8, 2016, (respectively) addressing the Dominion-Chesapeake Energy Center, located at 2701 Vepco Street, Chesapeake, VA.

Please be advised that Dominion has withdrawn the application to modify their VPDES permit indicating that dewatering of the pond will no longer result in the need to discharge to state waters. In addition, Dominion has requested that processing of the draft solid waste permit be suspended. Alternative options for the pond closure, which may result in the need to revise the permit application, are under consideration by the company.

Future permitting action will be posted to: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/CoalAshPermits.aspx

From: Justin Williams

Sent: October 31, 2016 at 2:52 pm

State Water Control Board Meeting

The next State Water Control Board meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2016.

For questions or additional information, visit http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/GetFile.cfm?File=C:\TownHall\docroot\Meeting\103\24889\Agenda_DEQ_24889_v2.pdf or contact Cindy Berndt at Cindy.Berndt@deq.virginia.gov.

From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: August 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Solid Waste Permit Modification for the Chesapeake Energy Center

On June 8, 2016 DEQ published notification of the proposed modification of Solid Waste Permit 440 issued to Dominion Chesapeake Energy Center of Chesapeake, VA. This notice seeks public comment and announces a public hearing on July 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Chesapeake City Council Chamber, 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

DEQ staff will answer questions during an information session on June 16, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake Campus Student Center, 1428 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322. Questions and comments made during this information session will not be part of the official public comment record.

The proposed modification to the solid waste permit is to address closure for the existing landfill and post-closure for the existing landfill and bottom ash pond at the Energy Center and also includes changes to the groundwater monitoring system, changes to incorporate aspects of the 2015 EPA Final Rule on the Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) and changes to require additional surface water monitoring. A copy of the public notice and additional documents associated with the proposed permit amendment may be viewed at
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/PermittingCompliance/SolidWastePermitActions.aspx

Additional information on the closure of coal ash ponds under the CCR Final Rule may be found at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/CoalAshPermits.aspx

From: Ann Regn

Sent: June 08, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Dominion Chesterfield Power Station VPDES Public Notice

On June 6, 2016 DEQ published notification of the proposed reissuance of VPDES Permit No. VA0004146 issued to Dominion Chesterfield Power Station in Chesterfield County, VA. This notice seeks public comment and announces a public hearing on July 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Thomas Dale High School, West Campus, 3900 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA.

DEQ staff will be available to answer questions during an informational session on June 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Thomas Dale High School, West Campus, 3900 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA. Questions and comments made during this information session will not be part of the official public comment record.

The proposed VPDES permit addresses the discharge of cooling water, industrial wastewater and stormwater. It also addresses wastewater associated with the closure of the facility's coal ash pond pursuant to a 2015 EPA Final Rule regulating the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR). A copy of the public notification (which includes hearing information) and additional documents associated with the proposed permit reissuance may be viewed at
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/PermittingCompliance/VPDESPermitActions.aspx

Additional information on the closure of coal ash ponds under the CCR Final Rule may be found at
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/CoalAshPermits.aspx

From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: June 06, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Dominion Chesapeake Energy Center VPDES Public Notice

On June 3, 2016 DEQ published notification of the proposed modification of VPDES Permit No. VA0004081 issued to Dominion Chesapeake Energy Center of Chesapeake, VA. This notice seeks public comment and announces a public hearing on July 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Chesapeake City Council Chamber, 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

DEQ staff will answer questions during an information session on June 16, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake Campus Student Center, 1428 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322. Questions and comments made during this information session will not be part of the official public comment record.

The proposed VPDES permit includes wastewater effluent limitations associated with the closure of the facility's coal ash pond pursuant to a 2015 EPA Final Rule regulating the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR). A copy of the public notification and additional documents associated with the proposed permit reissuance may be viewed at
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/PermittingCompliance/VPDESPermitActions.aspx

Additional information on the closure of coal ash ponds under the CCR Final Rule may be found at
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/CoalAshPermits.asp

From: Ann Regn

Sent: June 03, 2016 at 3:48 pm