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COVID-19 Updates in Virginia

State Air Pollution Control Board Holds Quarterly Meeting

On Sept. 17, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board elected Roy Hoagland as chair. Hoagland, a member of the Board since July 1, 2017, has over 30 years of experience in environmental advocacy. [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]

$34 Million Announced for Clean Energy Projects Throughout Commonwealth

Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will invest $14 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to replace all-diesel cargo handling equipment at the Port of Virginia with zero-emission all-electric equipment, and $20 million to fund the Clean Air Communities Program to electrify government fleets across the Commonwealth.

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.

Virginia to Participate in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Governor Ralph Northam announced on July 8 that Virginia has become the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a market-based collaborative effort among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, while driving economic growth. Proceeds from the program will support energy efficiency, renewable energy and other programs for consumers. [Read more]

Historic $100M Approved for Hampton Roads Water Improvement Projects

DEQ, in partnership with the Virginia Resources Authority, has closed a loan with Hampton Roads Sanitation District to finance $100 million of their Capital Improvement Plan and Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Program. [Read more]



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

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