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Public comment period for draft 401 water quality certification closes Aug 22

The public comment period for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines closes on August 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Comments must be received by the deadline. Several options for submitting written comments: 1) Hand-deliver to DEQ, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection, 629 East Main St., Richmond, VA 23219 during business hours 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2) Email your comments to either the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at comment-acp@deq.virginia.gov or Mountain Valley Pipeline at comment-mvp@deq.virginia.gov. 3) Or fax to 804-698-4032 ATTN: Office of Wetlands and Stream Protection. For more information, see www.deq.virginia.gov

From: Ann Regn

Sent: August 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

How to submit comments for proposed water certifications for ACP and MVP

DEQ has posted information, a new factsheet and FAQs, that may help guide those who are submitting public comments on the proposed 401 Water Quality Certifications for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Copies of the proposed certifications and other documents are available at bit.do/DEQpipelines. Please note the public comment period ends on August 22.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: August 04, 2017 at 9:08 am

DEQ presentation to State Water Control Board on pipeline issues (7/19/2017)

DEQ has made available a recording of the presentation by DEQ staff to the State Water Control Board on July 19, 2017, about natural gas pipeline issues in Virginia. The recording is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2343624811914221319.

Please note that there is a one-minute pause in the recording at 15:45. This is a recording error, and there is no loss of content.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: July 28, 2017 at 10:44 am

Erosion & Sediment Control and Stormwater Management plans for the proposed natural gas pipelines available

Links to site specific Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) plans for the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are now available on DEQ's website for public review. Visit new webpage: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement/ErosionandSedimentControl/NaturalGasPipelineErosionandSedimentControlandPostConstructionStormwaterManagement.aspx

These plans will address every foot of land disturbance related to pipeline construction, including access road and construction staging areas.

The agency is reviewing these plans to ensure they meet the design requirements contained in Virginia's ESC and SWM regulations. Virginia state law and regulations establish that land disturbance associated with pipeline construction activities must comply with erosion control and stormwater requirements to protect surface water quality during and after construction completion. State law further mandates that natural gas pipeline utilities meet the requirements for ESC and SWM under a DEQ approved Annual Standards and Specifications program. This information is also posted on the new DEQ webpage.

Under the required Annual Standards and Specifications program, utilities are not required to submit site specific ESC and SWM plans to DEQ for approval. However, as an additional measure to ensure protection of state waters, DEQ has required ACP and MVP projects to submit their site specific ESC and SWM plans to DEQ for review and approval.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: July 19, 2017 at 9:18 am

Public comment and public hearings announced for natural gas pipelines

Draft certifications for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and for the Mountain Valley Pipeline are available for review. These draft certifications would establish additional conditions for pipeline activities in upland areas located near state waters along the pipeline routes that may directly or indirectly affect water quality. The conditions outline engineering and management practices needed to protect steep slopes, slide prone areas, karst geology, trout streams, riparian buffers, water supplies and other areas from pollution.

The public is invited to review the documents and comment in writing or in person at any of the 5 public hearings that have been scheduled throughout the region. Documents are located at www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/ProtectionRequirementsforPipelines.aspx.

Public comment period on the draft Section 401 Certification for both the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and for the Mountain Valley Pipeline begins on July 3 and runs through August 22, 2017.

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From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: June 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm