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]

Statewide Drought Advisory Watch Lifted

Due to recent rain and reduced wildfire potential, DEQ has lifted the statewide drought watch advisory issued on Oct. 11 that included all 13 of the Drought Evaluation Regions within the commonwealth. [more]

Public Comment Period Open for MVP Consent Decree

Written comments will be accepted from October 28 through November 27, 2019, on the proposed consent decree with Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to settle violations of the  related to construction activities in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania, and Roanoke Counties, Va. The consent decree will require the payment of $2.15 million penalty, put MVP under stricter court-ordered compliance, and enhance Virginia’s ability to detect any future violation, allowing for faster, more effective accountability and environmental restoration and protection. [more]


DEQ Revokes Solid Waste Permit From Tri-City Facility

After finding repeated violations, DEQ has revoked Solid Waste Facility Permit Number 228 to operate the Tri-City Regional Disposal and Recycling facility. The Petersburg landfill will no longer accept solid wastes and will begin closure and post-closure care. [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]

Governor Northam Announces Four New Solar Projects

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that DEQ has issued permits for the construction and operation of four new solar projects across the Commonwealth. These four projects are expected to generate 192 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which will offset carbon dioxide emissions by 459 million pounds, equivalent to driving more than 44,000 cars for a year. [more]



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