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Delegated Programs

A delegated program is one in which EPA delegates the authority to adopt and enforce certain federal standards for new sources to the states. In order to manage such delegated programs, a state must demonstrate to EPA that it has the legal authority and necessary mechanisms to fully implement the program. The state must then adopt any standards that EPA issues in the form of regulations into its own regulations. A list of specific standards and when they were incorporated into Virginia's regulations is available here.

The State Air Pollution Control Board incorporates one year's worth of delegated standards at about the same time each year (December or January). At that time, standards that have been promulgated between July 1 of the previous year and July 1 of the current year are incorporated. For example, at their December 2011 meeting, the board incorporated the standards promulgated between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Until the board adopts a standard, it remains enforceable by EPA.

Currently, EPA has delegated the following programs to Virginia:

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

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