Updates

National Drug Take Back Day Prevents Water Pollution 

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Virginians are invited to safely dispose of unwanted medication at any of over 200 locations in Virginia. The program helps prevent medications from getting into the wrong hands—or our water. At the last event in 2018, Virginians returned more than 11 tons of pharmaceuticals. Read more on safe disposal.

Virginia Adopts Regulation to Limit Carbon Pollution, Fight Climate Change

The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved on April 19 a new regulation to reduce and cap carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from large fossil fuel fired electric power generating facilities. New rule will reduce power plant CO2 emissions by 30 percent in the next decade. Read more.

Virginia Reaches Air Quality Milestone

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that Metropolitan Washington, D.C., which includes numerous jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, has formally attained the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone. Coordination between Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia has led to historic declines in ozone pollution.  Read more.

DEQ Issues Unsealed Request For Proposals For Environmental Justice Study

DEQ is seeking a qualified external consultant to conduct an environmental justice study for the agency. This research will be conducted to identify options and recommendations for the agency to develop a strategic approach to environmental justice issues. Read more.

State Water Control Board Approves Final Regulations for Stormwater and Mining Activities

On April 15, the SWCB approved final regulations for three general permits that will expire on June 30, 2019.These general permits establish protective guidelines and ensure consistency while providing timely approval for more than 7,500 applicants who engage in these activities.The revisions for the following activities go into effect on July 1st.  Read more.

DEQ Awards $20 Million for Stormwater Enhancements

DEQ has awarded 15 localities across the commonwealth with $20 million from this year’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). The SLAF program, managed by DEQ, provides matching grants to localities for improvement projects that implement cost-effective best management practices. This year’s awards will support 24 projects that will reduce water pollution across the state. Read more.

Virginia Releases Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources announces the release of Virginia’s Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for meeting the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (the Draft Phase III WIP) for public review and comment. View the Draft Phase III WIP and learn more about the public comment period.

New Capital Region Native Plant Guide Now Available

Get your free copy at www.PlantVirginiaNatives.org. The Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program, led by DEQ, recently published “ Plants for Virginia’s Capital Region,” a 72-page, full-color guide providing detailed information on 241 plants, shrubs, flowers and trees native to the Richmond area. Read more.

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


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