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Interviews Begin For DEQ Environmental Justice Study

During phase one of the environmental justice study, Skeo completed research and an assessment of DEQ’s statutory authority across air, water and land programs. The next phase, interviews with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, is now beginning. [more]

DEQ Receives Grant Funding to Improve Water Quality in the Commonwealth

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded DEQ a $437,900 grant to protect the commonwealth’s water quality, which will be used for a multifaceted project to integrate water quality planning with disaster preparation and mitigate damage from future weather events. [more]

Water Board Adopts Regulations and Approves Groundwater Permits

On Dec. 13, the State Water Control Board approved groundwater withdrawal permits for 45 poultry operations on the Eastern Shore and adopted a new regulation, Certification of Nonpoint Source Nutrient Credits, 9VAC25-900, as final. [more]

Waste Board Moves Forward With Regulated Medical Waste Enhancements

At its regular meeting on Dec. 9, the Virginia Waste Management Board approved DEQ's recommendation to amend the regulated medical waste regulations in order to modernize, streamline and enhance the general handling and treatment of RMW across the state. [more]

Air Board Meeting Held in Richmond

At its regular meeting in Richmond on Dec. 6, the State Air Pollution Control Board adopted four regulation amendments. Presentations were provided by DEQ’s technical staff and discussions were also held on the agency’s environmental justice work, ground-level ozone and Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 43. [more]

Virginia’s Reported Recycling Rate Reaches Record High

DEQ's Annual Recycling Summary Report shows an overall rate of 46 percent in 2018 – a historic high recycling rate for reporting localities in the commonwealth despite market challenges. [more]





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