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Virginia Announces Three New Solar Projects in Halifax and Orange Counties

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the DEQ has issued permits for the construction and operation of three new solar projects in Halifax and Orange counties. These new solar projects are expected to generate more than 200 megawatts (MW) combined, which is enough electricity to power more than 25,000 homes. [more]

Waste Management Board Approves Amendments to Hazardous Waste Regulations; Solid Waste Review Begins

The Virginia Waste Management Board (WMB) approved annual updates to the commonwealth’s regulations governing hazardous wastes, including the disposal of hazardous waste and the transportation of hazardous materials (9 VAC20-110 and 60). The WMB also noted DEQ is conducting a periodic review of Virginia's solid waste management regulations.  Stakeholders can submit comments through Town Hall until July 1st. Read [more]. 

Poultry Groundwater Withdrawal Permit Public Hearings Scheduled 

Three public hearings will be held in June to take comments on groundwater withdrawal permits for 54 poultry farms on the Eastern Shore. Public hearings will be held on  June 24, in Oak Hall; June 25, in Melfa; and June 26 in Eastville. All three start at 6 p.m. Speakers may comment on any or all of the drafts at any of the hearings. The public comment period starts May 24 and runs through July 12. Read [more].

National Drug Take Back Day Prevents Water Pollution 

On Saturday, April 27 more than 140 law enforcement agencies collected approximately 12 tons of drugs and packaging at 200 locations in Virginia. The program helps prevent unwanted medications from getting into the wrong hands—or our water. Virginia has collected a culumlative 177 tons since September 2010. 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.

 

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