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Water Board Adopts Regulations and Approves Groundwater Permits

On Dec. 13, the State Water Control Board approved groundwater withdrawal permits for 45 poultry operations on the Eastern Shore and adopted a new regulation, Certification of Nonpoint Source Nutrient Credits, 9VAC25-900, as final. [more]

Waste Board Moves Forward With Regulated Medical Waste Enhancements

At its regular meeting on Dec. 9, the Virginia Waste Management Board approved DEQ's recommendation to amend the regulated medical waste regulations in order to modernize, streamline and enhance the general handling and treatment of RMW across the state. [more]

Air Board Meeting Held in Richmond

At its regular meeting in Richmond on Dec. 6, the State Air Pollution Control Board adopted four regulation amendments. Presentations were provided by DEQ’s technical staff and discussions were also held on the agency’s environmental justice work, ground-level ozone and Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 43. [more]

Public Comment for Chickahominy Power Scheduled for Dec. 26 to Feb. 14

Details for submitting comments are forthcoming. The documents shared with the public at DEQ’s Dec. 5 informational session at the Charles City County Social Center on the special exception to withdraw groundwater for Chickahominy Power LLC are now available here.

Virginia’s Reported Recycling Rate Reaches Record High

DEQ's Annual Recycling Summary Report shows an overall rate of 46 percent in 2018 – a historic high recycling rate for reporting localities in the commonwealth despite market challenges. [more]

Historic Year for Air Quality in Richmond

The official ozone pollution forecasting season has come to an end and the results are in. For the first time since DEQ began annual air monitoring in the early 1970s, the Richmond metropolitan area recorded zero unhealthy ozone air quality days this year. [more]



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