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Public review period extended for MVP erosion and sediment, stormwater plans

DEQ has extended the public review period for the erosion and sediment control plans and stormwater management plans for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. The public input period now closes on October 22, 2017, for MVP plans only. More information is available at

From: Irina Calos

Sent: September 08, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Public comment period for draft 401 water quality certification closes Aug 22

The public comment period for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines closes on August 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Comments must be received by the deadline. Several options for submitting written comments: 1) Hand-deliver to DEQ, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection, 629 East Main St., Richmond, VA 23219 during business hours 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2) Email your comments to either the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at or Mountain Valley Pipeline at 3) Or fax to 804-698-4032 ATTN: Office of Wetlands and Stream Protection. For more information, see

From: Ann Regn

Sent: August 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

How to submit comments for proposed water certifications for ACP and MVP

DEQ has posted information, a new factsheet and FAQs, that may help guide those who are submitting public comments on the proposed 401 Water Quality Certifications for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Copies of the proposed certifications and other documents are available at Please note the public comment period ends on August 22.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: August 04, 2017 at 9:08 am

DEQ presentation to State Water Control Board on pipeline issues (7/19/2017)

DEQ has made available a recording of the presentation by DEQ staff to the State Water Control Board on July 19, 2017, about natural gas pipeline issues in Virginia. The recording is available at

Please note that there is a one-minute pause in the recording at 15:45. This is a recording error, and there is no loss of content.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: July 28, 2017 at 10:44 am

Erosion & Sediment Control and Stormwater Management plans for the proposed natural gas pipelines available

Links to site specific Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) plans for the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are now available on DEQ's website for public review. Visit new webpage:

These plans will address every foot of land disturbance related to pipeline construction, including access road and construction staging areas.

The agency is reviewing these plans to ensure they meet the design requirements contained in Virginia's ESC and SWM regulations. Virginia state law and regulations establish that land disturbance associated with pipeline construction activities must comply with erosion control and stormwater requirements to protect surface water quality during and after construction completion. State law further mandates that natural gas pipeline utilities meet the requirements for ESC and SWM under a DEQ approved Annual Standards and Specifications program. This information is also posted on the new DEQ webpage.

Under the required Annual Standards and Specifications program, utilities are not required to submit site specific ESC and SWM plans to DEQ for approval. However, as an additional measure to ensure protection of state waters, DEQ has required ACP and MVP projects to submit their site specific ESC and SWM plans to DEQ for review and approval.

From: Ann Regn

Sent: July 19, 2017 at 9:18 am