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COVID-19 Updates in Virginia

Learn about Virginia's Environment with Online Resources

DEQ offers free curriculum supplements and activities that are aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Lessons help teachers and parents teach about air, water and land protection. Visit Education.

2020 Air Monitoring Network Plan Now Available

DEQ’s 2020 Air Monitoring Network Plan is available for review and comment until June 19, 2020. The plan provides updates on DEQ's air quality monitoring capabilities at 40 locations across the Commonwealth. 

DEQ Fines Mountain Valley Pipeline For Additional Violations

Based on monitoring of erosion and sediment control best management practices for the period of Sept. 19, 2019 through March 10, 2020, DEQ alleges that Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC is liable for stipulated penalties in the amount of $86,000 for violations as outlined in the Consent Decree entered Dec. 11, 2019. For more information, contact Kristen Sadtler.

DEQ Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It led to groundbreaking legislation and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the foundation of all environmental state agencies, including DEQ. Today, we celebrate those 50 years of environmental policy and remember that for DEQ, every day is "Earth Day."

April 23 - Additional Time For Vehicle Emissions Tests Provided

Northern Virginia residents who are required to obtain a vehicle emissions inspection to renew their registration in March or April have an additional 90 days to do so, and those that expire in May by 60 days. View the Air Check Virginia web pages for more information.

April 15 - DEQ waives a requirement for drive-through test centers

The permit requirement for offsite COVID-19 regulated medical waste storage facilities operated by the Virginia Department of Health has been waived to allow the agency to effectively operate drive-through test centers. Certain storage conditions still apply and are outlined in the memo here.


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

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