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List administrator(s): Ann Regn, Irina Calos

Public Comment Period to Open for Buckingham Compressor Station

The public comment period for the draft air permit for the Buckingham Compressor Station runs August 8 thru September 11, 2018. The public hearing is September 11, 2018 at 5 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. or until all comments are received, whichever occurs first. The hearing will be held in the Cafeteria at the Buckingham County Middle School in Buckingham, VA.
For more information or a copy of the draft permit and public notice (#21599), see
https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/BuckinghamCompressorStationAirPermit.aspx

From: Ann Regn

Sent: August 07, 2018 at 8:06 am

DEQ Requires MVP to Stabilize Soils and Improve Erosion Control Measures During FERC Work Stoppage

Construction in the 3.6-mile segment in the Jefferson National Forest, and subsequently along the entire pipeline project was stopped by FERC on Aug. 3, 2018. The only work currently underway in Virginia is site stabilization. DEQ will work with FERC to ensure appropriate erosion and sediment control measures are in place, installed properly and maintained throughout the stop work period. For more information, see DEQ's News Release (https://www.deq.virginia.gov/info/newsreleases.php?show=3703).

A summary of complaint investigations and weekly site inspections is available on the DEQ pipeline inspections page. See www.deq.virginia.gov or www.deq.virginia.gov/MVP

From: Ann Regn

Sent: August 07, 2018 at 8:04 am

DEQ Issues Notice of Violation to Mountain Valley Pipeline

RELEASED July 10, 2018

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
Gregory.Bilyeu@DEQ.Virginia.gov
(804) 698-4107

Ann Regn
Ann.Regn@DEQ.Virginia.gov
(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 July 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 www.deq.virginia.gov or at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Water/Pipelines/MVPLandDisturbingNOV_July.pdf.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: July 11, 2018 at 10:35 am

SWCB Updates

General information about the upcoming State Water Control Board (SWCB) meeting on August 21, 2018 has been posted on DEQ's pipeline updates page: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/PipelineUpdates.aspx.
Meeting details are not yet available.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: June 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

DEQ Approves Erosion and Sediment, Stormwater, and Karst Plans for MVP to Protect Water Quality

On March 26, 2018 DEQ approved the plans for Mountain Valley Pipeline's Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, and Karst Protection Plans. These detailed plans specify the engineering designs required to protect water quality in all areas of the project, including karst terrain, during and after construction of the pipeline project. In response to public interest, DEQ has sent a report to the State Water Control Board detailing the approval and the requirements. A copy of the report is available at: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Water/MVP%20Memo%20to%20the%20SWCB%2003262018%20(1).pdf.

Over the last nine months, approximately 100 revised plans have been reviewed. DEQ began its plan review in March 2016, which continued with a more thorough review beginning in June 2017 with EEE, an independent consulting firm. No changes to the plans may be made without obtaining prior approval from DEQ. The basis for the design specifications for the plans are contained in Virginia's erosion and sediment control and stormwater management regulations. The original and revised plans can be viewed on MVP's website, https://www.mountainvalleypipeline.info/current-news, under the tab "VA DEQ Documents."
Citizens can direct questions and pollution complaints to MountainValleyPipeline@deq.virginia.gov.

For more information, including the report to the Board, visit www.deq.virginia.gov/MVP.

From: Jennifer Underwood

Sent: March 28, 2018 at 3:54 pm