Virginia Pollution Abatement Permit Program

The treatment of sewage sludge, storage and land application of biosolids, industrial wastes (sludge and wastewater), municipal wastewater, and animal wastes (manure/litter from livestock and poultry) are regulated activities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  A Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permit may be issued by DEQ whenever an owner handles waste and wastewater in a manner that does not involve discharging to a sewage treatment work, or to state waters pursuant to a valid Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit.  In general, land application of biosolids, industrial sludge or spray irrigation of industrial and municipal wastewater is covered by a VPA individual permit.

Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are covered by a VPA individual or general permit.  A separate VPA general permit covers confined poultry feeding operations for poultry waste management. VPDES permits may be required for some Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

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6/26/2018 - Biosolids Land Applier Certification Renewal Class - A 4 credit hour class for land appliers is being offered in Glen Allen, at the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office on Monday July 30, 2018.   Please see the Land Applicator and Local Monitor for full details and information on how to register.  All are welcome - remember, there is no fee to take a class.

5/16/2018 - Biosolids Land Applier Certification Renewal Class - A 4 credit hour class for land appliers is being offered in Harrisonburg, at the DEQ Valley Regional Office on July 17, 2018.   Please see the Land Applicator and Local Monitor page for full details and information on how to register.  All are welcome - remember, there is no fee to take a class.

3/8/2018 - Biosolids and Residuals Sources: The list of sources approved for land application under VPA or VPDES permits has been updated and may be found here:Sources of Biosolids, Industrial Sludges and WTP Residuals

 

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


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