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Virginia holds informal comment period on Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Department of Environmental Quality has announced an informal public comment period on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. The comment period will be August 13 through October 13, 2015.

The plan has been established to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels. These new EPA rules may have a significant impact on the Commonwealth. Therefore, before taking any formal action, DEQ is seeking input from the public on the best way to implement the emission guidelines for existing power plants.

DEQ is interested in identifying and collecting input from vulnerable and overburdened communities. These communities include low-income communities, communities of color, areas where people are most vulnerable to climate change, and communities where economies may be affected by changes in the utility power and related sectors.

Comments may be emailed to, faxed to (804) 698-4510, or sent by postal mail to the Air Division, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218. There is no formal DEQ proposal available for comment at this time, and DEQ will not provide a response to comments.

DEQ also will meet informally with the public at a series of listening sessions around the state. The only topic under consideration will be the plan for existing power plants, and there will be no formal presentations from DEQ. The dates and times of these listening sessions will be announced soon.

More information is available on the DEQ website at:

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: August 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Virginia issues solid waste report for 2014

June 30, 2015

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Department of Environmental Quality released its annual report today on solid waste management in Virginia. The report includes the amounts of solid waste managed in Virginia in 2014, and the amounts and sources of solid waste generated outside the Commonwealth.

The total amount of solid waste received at Virginia facilities during 2014 decreased by about 15,000 tons from 2013. Solid waste includes municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, vegetative and yard waste, and other types of waste. The total amount of solid waste from outside Virginia was about the same at 5.2 million tons. The total amount from within Virginia remained at about 15 million tons.

Other findings of the report include:

-- Of the 20.2 million tons of solid waste reported in 2014, about 12.4 million tons were municipal solid waste, which is trash from households and businesses.

-- The total amount of municipal solid waste generated outside Virginia was about 3.6 million tons, roughly the same as in 2013. Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C., North Carolina and New Jersey accounted for 98.4 percent of all waste received from out-of-state sources.

-- Of the total solid waste reported in 2014, about 3.9 million tons were construction and demolition debris.

-- Of the total solid waste managed in Virginia in 2014, about 12.2 million tons were disposed of in landfills, and about 2.2 million tons were incinerated. The rest was managed by other means, including mulching and recycling.

The full solid waste report is available on the DEQ website at

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: June 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

State Water Resources Plan open for public comment

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: April 07, 2015 at 11:12 am

Proposed consent order imposes $2.5 million settlement on Duke Energy Carolinas for Dan River coal ash spill

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: April 03, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Virginia issues report on chemical releases for 2013

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: March 27, 2015 at 11:03 am