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DEQ Takes Enforcement Action Against Mountain Valley Pipeline

July 10, 2018

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
(804) 698-4107

Ann Regn
(804) 698-4442

DEQ Takes Enforcement Action Against Mountain Valley Pipeline

RICHMOND, VA. - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP) for alleged violations of the Virginia Stormwater Management Act and Regulations, the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations, the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program and Regulations, and Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification No. 17-001 at locations where land disturbing activity is occurring along the MVP pipeline project.

The alleged violations include failure to take corrective actions within required timeframes, failure to install (and improperly installed) best management practices in accordance with approved erosion and sediment control plans, release of sediment off the right-of-way, and sediment deposited in surface waters. These issues are located in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania and/or Roanoke counties.

The issuance of an NOV is the first step toward generating enforcement action by DEQ.
The NOV requires MVP representatives to contact DEQ within 10 days to discuss how to remedy the situation and how they will prevent future violations. Enforcement actions are frequently resolved with payment of civil charges and required actions to correct the violations.

"The Notice of Violation process is standard procedure for DEQ to formally and publicly announce violations and determine a path forward for resolution," said DEQ Director David Paylor. "The specific results of the NOV will be developed over the coming weeks and once finalized, shared with the public. We are concerned about these alleged violations and we are holding MVP accountable. We expect MVP to abide by the highest environmental standards, and we plan to resolve these issues fully in order to protect Virginia's water quality."

This NOV does not constitute a stop work order. While the NOV is not directly associated with the ongoing MVP suspension of work, some of the inspection results cited in the NOV did contribute to the voluntary work suspension first announced on June 29. Some areas of concern listed in the NOV have since been corrected through these ongoing enhancements.

DEQ is continuing inspections of the MVP project and releasing segments to resume work once they reestablish erosion and sediment control measures in accordance with all requirements.

The full NOV is available at or at

From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: July 10, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Opportunity for Public Comment for Proposed Special Order By Consent for Violations at Virginia True Golf Course

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
July 3, 2018

RICHMOND, VA. - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced the opportunity for public comment on a Proposed Special Order By Consent for violations at the Virginia True Golf Course in Richmond County, Va., near Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River. The proposed Special Order by Consent addresses violations involving land-disturbing activity without required approvals and plans, installation of proper controls, and stabilization measures.

The proposed consent order includes a civil charge of $42,000. The proposed civil charge is developed in accordance with established DEQ guidance that takes into account the type and severity of the violation. The proposed consent order also includes corrective action including weekly reporting of site activities to DEQ to ensure compliance.

"DEQ will be monitoring the required compliance at the Virginia True Golf Course site closely and any identified violations will be addressed expeditiously and met with full enforcement authority by the agency, including engagement with the Attorney General's Office," said DEQ Director David Paylor.

Comments will be accepted from July 9, to August 9, 2018 on the proposed Special Order by Consent. Comments can be submitted to Kristen Sadtler at All comments will be considered prior to presenting a final recommended enforcement action to the State Water Control Board. The public notice and draft can be found at


From: Irina Calos

Sent: July 03, 2018 at 3:58 pm

DEQ Releases Annual Report on Virginia's Solid Waste Management

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
July 3, 2018

RICHMOND, VA. - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released its annual report on solid waste management in Virginia. The report includes Virginia solid waste, as well as solid waste generated outside the commonwealth, in 2017. Solid waste includes municipal waste, construction/demolition debris, vegetative/yard waste, and more.

During 2017, the total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities decreased by more than 444,000 tons, roughly 2% from amounts reported in 2016. The total amount of solid waste from outside of Virginia decreased 16.28%, largely due to a decrease in out-of-state industrial waste, from more than a million tons in 2016 to less than 369,000 tons in 2017. Five jurisdictions accounted for 98.51% received from out-of-state sources: Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York, North Carolina and New Jersey.

For waste originating in Virginia during 2017, the total amount of solid waste increased by 3.45%. Municipal solid waste and construction/demolition/debris increased 2.43% and 11.18% respectively compared to 2016 amounts. Industrial waste decreased by 4.51% compared to 2016.

"Information about the origin and type of wastes received from Virginia's facilities is an important tool for comprehensive management," said DEQ Director David Paylor. "This report provides assistance to planning units and facilities for solid waste management throughout the commonwealth."

Other findings of the report include:
-Of the total 21.6 million tons of solid waste reported in 2017, about 13.02 million tons was municipal solid waste, which is trash from households and businesses (60%).
-Of the total amount of solid waste, about 76% (13.6 million tons) is disposed in landfills, and about 7% (1.2 million tons) is incinerated. The rest was managed by other means, including mulching and recycling.
-Solid waste management facilities reported that 2.1 million tons (almost 12%) was recycled or mulched. Most recycling occurs at facilities other than permitted waste management facilities. Virginia's recycling rate for 2016 was 42.6%. The annual recycling report for 2017 will be issued later this year.

The entire solid waste annual report is available on the DEQ website at at


From: Irina Calos

Sent: July 03, 2018 at 11:47 am

In Coordination with the Virginia DEQ, MVP to Temporarily Suspend Pipeline Work in Virginia

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
June 29, 2018

RICHMOND, VA. - Based on issues identified during inspections and complaint inspections by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project team has agreed to temporarily suspend pipeline installation in Virginia.

To ensure proper soil erosion and sediment controls are implemented, MVP will direct crews to enhance and restore controls along the pipeline route.

All related construction activities within the project's right of way (a 125-foot wide construction corridor) will resume only after MVP receives approval by DEQ.

A list of investigated sites is available on the DEQ website ( DEQ inspectors will continue to be on site to monitor and review pipeline construction throughout the project.

The public is welcome to email complaints to or submit pollution reports on the DEQ website at Public comments, complaints and concerns will be investigated as DEQ receives them.


From: Irina Calos

Sent: June 29, 2018 at 11:11 am

Contact: Ann Regn
April 10, 2018

RICHMOND, VA. - DEQ's comment period on a groundbreaking proposed regulation to cut carbon dioxide from electric power facilities closed on April 9, 2018. This is the first time Virginia has worked on a carbon cutting regulation of this kind, and DEQ received extensive public feedback from interested parties during its comment period.

The proposed regulation stems from Governor Terry McAuliffe's 2017 Executive Order 11, which directed the DEQ to promulgate this regulation to reduce carbon emissions pursuant to the state's authority. This regulatory initiative is continuing under Governor Northam's administration.

"We are heartened by the strong public interest in our proposal," said Mike Dowd, Air Division Director at DEQ. "Now the agency will consider all of the views and suggestions expressed in the comments and develop a final carbon rule to present to the Air Board," continued Dowd. The regulation, once finalized, will allow Virginia to link with a multi-state carbon trading program to trade carbon dioxide allowances, and ratchet emissions down by 3% each year.

DEQ hosted six public hearings throughout the Commonwealth and had over 340 attendees, with 160 people testifying on the regulation. DEQ also received hundreds of written comments, showing widespread public engagement.

DEQ will now review comments and analyze if any changes are necessary to the draft regulation. A final rule will be presented to the Air Pollution Control Board for approval in the coming months. Visit
Reducing carbon pollution has many environmental and public health benefits, and helps mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: April 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm