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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]

MVP to Pay More Than $2 Million, Submit to Court-Ordered Compliance and Third-Party Monitoring

The Commonwealth of Virginia has reached an agreement with Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC.  The landmark consent decree will require the payment of a significant $2.15 million civil penalty, put MVP under stricter court-ordered compliance, compensate the Commonwealth for previous violations, and enhance Virginia’s ability to detect any future violation, allowing for faster, more effective accountability and environmental restoration and protection. [more]

Governor Northam Issues Statewide Drought Watch Advisory

Following record high temperatures and low rainfall amounts, a statewide drought watch advisory is now in effect for the entire Commonwealth. Localities, water suppliers, self-supplied water users, and all Virginians are encouraged to prepare for a potential drought. According to the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force, a work group coordinated by DEQ, the primary factors are low precipitation amounts across the state since July, low stream flows (affecting aquifers, lakes, and soils), and low groundwater levels in observation wells compared to previous October levels. [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]

State Air Pollution Control Board Meeting Held

At its quarterly meeting held on Sept. 20, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) expressed continued interest in environmental justice, public engagement and carbon reduction. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has released its letter of health consultation for the Buckingham Compressor Station air permit requested by SAPCB. DEQ provided updates on environmental justice, carbon trading rule and Executive Order 43. [more]

DEQ Selects Skeo Solutions To Lead Environmental Justice Study

DEQ has selected Skeo Solutions, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in environmental planning and community engagement, to conduct its environmental justice study. Skeo, a federally certified small business founded in 1996 and based in Charlottesville, will identify options and recommendations to DEQ for the development of a strategic approach on environmental justice issues. [more]

DEQ Wins 2019 Governor's Technology Award

DEQ was recently awarded a 2019 Governor’s Technology Award in the category of “IT as Efficiency Driver – Government to Citizen,” for its online Wetland Condition Assessment (WetCAT) tool. WetCAT is designed to evaluate wetland conditions over time through monitoring and assessment. [more]

State Water Control Board Approves Wetlands Permit For Potomac Yard Metrorail

The State Water Control Board (SWCB) unanimously approved a Virginia Water Protection Permit for the City of Alexandria to construct Alternative B of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. [more]

DEQ Announces Up To $1.5 Million to Address Pollution Projects In Virginia Watersheds

Up to $1.5 million for competitive grants is available to improve water quality in Virginia. Grant awards can range from $100,000 to $400,000 and applications are due Oct. 31, 2019. [more]

Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan Released

The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, announces the release of Virginia’s Final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for meeting the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. View the Phase III WIP.

EO6 Report Released on Revitalizing Environmental Protection in Virginia

Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler has released the final report to Governor Ralph Northam on recommended actions for enhancing protection of air, water, and public health in Virginia, as required under Executive Order Number Six. The report outlines recommended actions to strengthen the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and  reduce pollution, protect public health, and ensure environmental justice.

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