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Virginia authorizes $8.5 million for local stormwater projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2016

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has authorized $8.5 million in matching grants for local government projects to reduce stormwater pollution. The grants come from the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, created in 2013 to encourage best management practices that improve water quality.

"These grants are a key tool in our ongoing efforts to improve water quality in Virginia," said DEQ Director David K. Paylor. "The funds will help local governments implement specific projects that result in less stormwater pollution in our rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay."

The grants cover 17 projects in 17 localities. The projects focus on cost-effectiveness and enhanced stormwater management plans that address required water quality improvements in the Commonwealth.

A total of 77 projects statewide were submitted to DEQ for consideration this year. The list of projects and more information on the grants is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: March 02, 2016 at 8:54 am

Virginia Green announces 2015 Green Travel Star and Green Travel Leader award winners

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: February 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

DEQ issues notice of violation to Dominion for mineral oil spill affecting Potomac River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2016

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a notice of violation today to Virginia Electric and Power Co. (Dominion) for a spill event occurring on January 24, 2016, at Dominion's Crystal City substation in Arlington County.

A transformer failure at the substation, located at 18th Street South and South Fern Street, released approximately 13,500 gallons of mineral oil.

After the transformer failure, DEQ received reports of an oil sheen on February 3, 2016, extending from stormwater outfall locations at Roaches Run to downstream shoreline areas along the Potomac River reaching as far south as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The source of the oil sheen was traced back to mineral oil released from the Crystal City substation on January 24. Dominion announced on February 12 that it is assuming the role of "responsible party" for the release and will continue to cooperate with ongoing requirements for investigation and corrective action.

DEQ's notice of violation addresses the spill event and associated natural resource damage. In addition to impacts to state waters, 29 animal and fish deaths have been discovered. The notice of violation is an initial step in ensuring that Dominion is held accountable for the situation. The State Water Control Law provides authority to require corrective action and to assess civil penalties. In addition, DEQ plans to seek cost reimbursement for spill response activities and natural resource damage.

As of February 19, oversight of the spill event has been transferred to DEQ by the unified command (Virginia DEQ, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, and the U.S. Coast Guard). DEQ will continue to oversee the spill investigation and response, and it will monitor corrective action activities required of Dominion.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: February 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Emergency order requires fixes at Atlantic Waste Disposal landfill in Waverly

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: February 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

Virginia approves consent order addressing wetlands and other violations

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: January 29, 2016 at 9:59 am