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Virginia Waste Management Board Approves Amendments to Hazardous Waste Regulations

June 10, 2019

Contact: Ann Regn

Public comment period also open for solid waste management regulations

RICHMOND, VA. – At its meeting in Richmond today, 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).

Today’s approvals make state regulations – implemented by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) – consistent with federal requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Code of Virginia allows the Board to adopt the regulatory amendments to address changes in the federal regulations. The regulatory amendment will be effective 30 days after publication in the Virginia Register.

The WMB also heard comments from the public and an update from DEQ Land Protection and Revitalization Division Director Justin Williams regarding requirements by 2019 Virginia General Assembly for DEQ to study recycling and implement disposal of coal combustion residuals.

The board also noted DEQ is conducting a periodic review of the Virginia Solid Waste Management Regulations (9VAC20-81).

"This review gives the public an opportunity to comment on any requirements related to solid waste management, including whether this regulation should be repealed, amended, or retained in its current form," said Justin Williams. The public comment period begins today and runs through July 1, 2019.  Documents and instructions for submitting comments are available on Virginia’s Regulatory Town Hall.

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Three regulatory boards – the Air Pollution Control Board, the State Water Control Board and the Waste Management Board – composed of Virginia citizens appointed by the Governor, are responsible for adopting many of Virginia's environmental regulations.  DEQ administers the regulations as approved by the boards. The Waste Management Board (WMB) has statutory authority to promulgate regulations. Before promulgating regulations required by environmental statutes, the boards seek information from the public, the regulated community and advisory committees. In cases where environmental laws or permit conditions are violated, the boards may take legal action and impose penalties. Unlike the other two boards, the WMB does not approve environmental permits.



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