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DEQ Completes Environmental Justice Study 

DEQ and its consultants, Skeo Solutions, Inc. and Metropolitan Group, have concluded an 18-month process to create a comprehensive Environmental Justice Study. First announced in April 2019, the Study was initiated by DEQ to identify options and recommendations to inform a strategic approach focused on addressing environmental justice issues. [Read more]

DEQ Launches Clean Air Communities Program to Drive State, Local and Tribal Investment In Electric Vehicles

DEQ is now accepting applications for a new program that will award up to $20 million for public electrification projects. [Read more]

NOAA Approved CZM Program Change

All new Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program projects will now be reviewed under the new enforceable policies approved by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Oct. 2, 2020. Enforceable policies are used during DEQ's federal consistency review to determine if federal actions, including those licenses and permits listed in Virginia’s approved program, are consistent with Virginia’s CZM Program. Find more information on the Federal Consistency Program and the new Enforceable Policies on DEQ's Environmental Impact Review page.

 

Another Historic Year for Good Air Quality in Virginia

The official 2020 ozone pollution forecasting season has come to an end and the news, just like the Commonwealth’s air, is good. Clean air in Virginia has once again reached historic highs, with 34 more “good” air quality days this year than the previous record set in 2017. [Read more]

Virginia and North Carolina Officials Finalize Dan River Settlement Agreement

DEQ, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have filed a motion in federal court that requests the judge to approve and enter a consent decree to resolve the trustees' claims for natural resource damages, resulting from the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill. [Read more]

Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Announced

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the winners of the 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, which recognize innovative projects that improve Virginia’s environment. Based on criteria including environmental benefit, stakeholder involvement, public outreach, transferability and innovativeness, 12 winners – six gold, two silver and four bronze – as well as one honorable mention were recognized. [Read more]

Requirements for Amalgam Separators Effective July 14

EPA’s rule requires most dental offices install and maintain an amalgam separator to collect mercury, a neurotoxin, and keep it from entering wastewater. Dental offices that apply or remove amalgam must have separators installed by July 14, 2020. Compliance reports must be filed with DEQ by Oct. 12, 2020. See DEQ Dental Rule for more information.

 

 

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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