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Virginia Waste Management Board Holds Quarterly Meeting

Sept. 22, 2020


Board approves annual updates and agency recommendations

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Waste Management Board (Board) held its regular quarterly meeting yesterday, Sept. 21.
The Board unanimously approved two amendments to Board regulations. One amendment updates regulations governing Virginia State Police enforcement of federal requirements for hazardous materials transport. The other action incorporates the 2020 General Assembly’s action prohibiting the disposal of solid waste in an unpermitted facility. Both updates will become effective after publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

The Board also approved the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) recommendation to proceed with public comment on revisions to the Voluntary Remediation Program, including amendments to the fee structure. The voluntary program encourages cleanup of contaminated sites that otherwise might not happen. Since the program’s inception more than 370 certificates for clean-ups have been issued.

The Board received a brief review of recent solid waste management in Virginia. Based on preliminary review, all planning units that were required to so have met the mandatory recycling rate in 2019. Over the last year, 591 compliance inspections were completed. DEQ recently submitted necessary documentation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval of the state’s coal combustion residual (coal ash) permitting program that is more stringent than new federal guidelines (approved in February 2020) require for disposal of coal ash.

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

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