Executive Order 6

Supporting the Critical Role of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in Protection of Virginia’s Air, Water and Public Health

Stakeholder Involvement

On April 4, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 6 (EO 6), which requires DEQ, in consultation with the Secretary of Natural Resources, to perform a comprehensive review of the agency’s permitting, monitoring and enforcement activities across all program areas and provide a full report to the Governor by April 30, 2019, with interim reporting milestones. In addition, DEQ is required to ensure that any proposed federal actions do not affect the agency’s existing authority to protection public health, drinking water supplies and the environment.

As noted in the Order, DEQ “is the Commonwealth’s lead agency charged with ensuring clean air and clean water.  Over the past 25 years, DEQ has done extraordinary work to protect and enhance Virginia’s environment, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth. Yet there is more work to do, and DEQ needs both the tools and the resources to safeguard our air and water for the improvement of our quality of life and that of future generations.”

The key to making the review robust and as comprehensive as possible is stakeholder involvement. EO 6 requires DEQ to “work with stakeholders to improve communication with the public and the regulated community,” which will include a review of existing processes and asking for input on new protocols, among other tasks.

As an initial step in seeking stakeholder input, DEQ has set up an email account dedicated to receiving comments from the public. DEQ is also having stakeholder meetings to discuss our policies, programs and communications. DEQ is taking feedback for Sections B and C of Executive Order 6 through August 31, 2018. All input is welcomed.

Stakeholder Comments on EO 6 Submitted to DEQ (as of 7/18/18)

More information, as it is developed, will be available on this page.

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


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