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Freedom of Information Act Policy

Did you know the information you are looking for may already be online? We have compiled a list of the most frequently requested FOIA items. Please take a moment to review this resource prior to submitting a request. 

If your questions are not answered from the information below, please complete a FOIA Request Form.

  • Tips for making a request for records from DEQ
  • VEGIS - What's in My Backyard?     
  • 2014 Stormwater registrations under the VSMP Construction General Permit 
  • Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Program:  petroleum database files for downloading can be found hereInformation on petroleum release sites and registered petroleum storage tanks is available for import into a database. All files are updated by the 7th of each month. Please visit the section called Petroleum Database files for downloading” on the tanks page.
    • Underground Storage Tank (UST) registration files:  these files contain data for registered petroleum storage tanks. “” is a non self-extracting zip file containing one text file “i_register” that gives instructions and data field information, and nine ASCII Comma Delimited text files. The nine files are; owners.txt, regfacility.txt, tanks.txt, usttankmaterials.txt, ustpipematerials.txt, usttankpipereleasedetection.txt, asttankmaterials.txt, asttankfoundationroof.txt, asttankcontainmentdetectionprevention.txt).  It is best to open these ASCII Comma Delimited text files in a database application program. A database program will separate the fields/columns when the file is opened.
    • Petroleum Release data files: is a spreadsheet file containing current release information from the active Petroleum Program database.  There is also a zipped version as a text file to be used in spreadsheet or database software.

EPA Resources

  • Envirofacts
    • TRI/TRIS:  Toxics Release Search allows you to retrieve data from the Toxics Release Inventory.
    • PCS :  The PCS Search allows you to retrieve selected data from the Permit Compliance System database regarding facilities holding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.
  • ECHO (Enforcement & Compliance History Online): ECHO provides fast, integrated searches of EPA and state data for 800,000+ regulated facilities.
  • CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act):  US EPA Region 3 is the official custodian of record of all CERCLA active & archived files.
    The official repository for site and non-site specific Superfund data in support of the CERCLA. It contains information on hazardous waste site assessment and remediation from 1983 to the present.
  • Superfund 
  • RCRA Online

 Other Links

For issues regarding FOIA policy and compliance, please contact Natalie Driver Womack, 804-698-4085 or Diana Adams, 540-574-7886.

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Purview of DEQ

DEQ takes a leading role among state agencies by overseeing the major aspects of Virginia’s environmental quality.  However, some aspects may be handled by local governments and other state agencies.  These organizations monitor the areas that do not fall under the purview of DEQ, including:

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

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