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DEQ Approves Erosion and Sediment, Stormwater, and Karst Protection Plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

Contact: Ann Regn

October 19, 2018

DEQ Approves Erosion and Sediment, Stormwater, and Karst Protection Plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

Richmond, VA - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater, Management, and Karst Protection plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). These detailed protection plans specify engineering designs that will protect water quality during and after pipeline construction along the 300-mile project that stretches from Highland County to Greensville County.
With the approval of these plans, Virginia's upland Section 401 Clean Water Act Certification becomes effective. The ACP project now has authorization from the Commonwealth of Virginia to begin construction. Final approval to begin construction is subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.
The ACP project is being developed by Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas. Dominion Energy will be responsible for constructing and operating the pipeline.
"Protecting Virginia's environmental resources is one of our greatest priorities," said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler. "The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's comprehensive review allows us to remain confident that these final construction plans will protect natural resources. After more than a year of detailed analysis, all aspects of these plans have been carefully reviewed, modified, and intensified before being approved by DEQ. We understand the pipeline projects have raised concerns. We remain dedicated to holding them to the highest environmental standards possible pursuant to state authorities."
The basis for the design specification of the protection plans is contained in Virginia's erosion and sediment control and stormwater management regulations. DEQ has sent its report to the State Water Control Board (Board) detailing the plans, which are required by regulation to protect waters in the Commonwealth of Water. DEQ also enlisted an independent review by EEE, an environmental and engineering services consulting firm based in Blacksburg and Richmond. Last December, Board conditionally approved the certification based on the completion of the plans.
"DEQ's erosion and sediment and stormwater regulations, and our extensive 401 certification gives the agency several enforcement tools to protect water quality and ensure compliance with Virginia's rigorous requirements," said DEQ Director David Paylor. "Our engineers and staff spent 15 months reviewing ACP's plans to further ensure water quality protections were accurately incorporated."
Draft plans were posted for public input last September. The final plans will soon be available to view on the ACP project website at
Regulatory information and the full report to the Board is available on the DEQ website at

From: Ann Regn

Sent: October 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm

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

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 (

A summary of complaint investigations and weekly site inspections is available on the DEQ pipeline inspections page. See or

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
(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 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 or at

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:
Meeting details are not yet available.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: June 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm