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State Air Pollution Control Board Holds Quarterly Meeting

June 18, 2020

Contact: Greg Bilyeu

Today’s Air Board meeting marks first virtual board meeting

RICHMOND, VA—Today, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board held its regular quarterly meeting, and for the first time, held the meeting entirely online. No formal actions were taken, but the Board approved minutes, were briefed on compliance issues by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) staff and learned more on new legislation passed by the General Assembly this year.

DEQ Director David Paylor also gave a brief presentation on the agency’s environmental justice initiatives. DEQ’s environmental justice contractor, SKEO, has completed 75 interviews across the state with community members, local government, agriculture industry, conservation groups and DEQ employees. A public webinar – attended by more than 600 people – was held last night to provide an overview of relevant themes collected through these interviews. Next steps include a review of DEQ’s statutory authorities, final recommendations and the development of the agency’s strategic plan. The study is expected to be complete this fall.

The Board heard presentations about two major acts – the Virginia Clean Economy Act (House Bill 1526 and identical Senate Bill 851) and the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act (House Bill 981 and identical Senate Bill 1027) – that will reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation, address recurrent or repetitive flooding and protect rate payers. 

“The Clean Economy Act will reduce the state’s carbon emissions from the power sector to zero and significantly increase the role of onshore and offshore wind in energy production,” said DEQ Air and Renewable Energy Director Michael Dowd. “The law also establishes a deadline that will allow the Air Board ample time to consider recommendations from the public.” 

For more information about the Board or to view today’s presentations and meeting transcript, visit  


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