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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
Ann.Regn@DEQ.Virginia.Gov
(804)698-4442

September 21, 2018

State Water Control Board Meeting Held Sept. 20

RICHMOND, VA - At the State Water Control Board (Board) meeting held in Richmond yesterday, a variety of amendments to regulations and enforcement actions were considered and approved. Seven revisions to regulations pertaining to groundwater withdrawals, stormwater and discharge permits were approved as a result of legislation passed in 2018.

A number of proposed revisions to regulations were presented to the board for consideration and approved to proceed with public participation requirements. These included three proposed general permits for construction stormwater, industrial stormwater and nonmetallic mineral mining. One proposed revision to the chlorophyll water quality standard will also go to public comment and subsequent public hearing.

Four consent orders with civil charges included an unlawful discharge into Tinker Creek (Roanoke River basin), violations at wastewater treatment plants in King George County, and wetland impacts from development in Chesterfield and Prince William counties were approved. The board also reviewed and authorized the agency to proceed with corrective action plans for 57 poultry operations on the Eastern Shore.

The Board also heard a Mountain Valley Pipeline project presentation that described DEQ efforts to address issues raised at the August board meeting. Following citizen concerns, DEQ has sent letters to well owners on Bent Mountain to address residential drinking water questions. To date, two homeowners have responded to offers for assistance, including a landowner who has reported sedimentation from recent rains. DEQ staff has coordinated with the Virginia Department of Health to schedule a site visit and evaluation.

Following up on direction by the Board to continue aggressive enforcement action, DEQ is consulting with the Commonwealth of Virginia Attorney General's Office on next steps related to the Notice of Violation issued to EQT in July. DEQ staff has also consulted with the divisions of Gas and Oil, and Mined Land Reclamation at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) on how DMME regulates erosion and sediment controls for permittees. While DMME protocols to address steep slopes differ to some degree, overall, DMME staff agreed that DEQ's control outcomes are the same.

The next meeting of the Board is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13.

Background
The State Water Control Board is responsible for administrating the Virginia Water Control Law. The Board sets standards of quality for state waters and water quality controls, and adopts regulations and special orders resolving violations of its regulations and permits. More information on the Board meetings is available at www.deq.virginia.gov.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: September 21, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
Ann.Regn@DEQ.Virginia.Gov
(804)698-4442

September 21, 2018

State Water Control Board Meeting

RICHMOND, VA - At the State Water Control Board (Board) meeting held in Richmond yesterday, a variety of amendments to regulations and enforcement actions were considered and approved. Seven revisions to regulations pertaining to groundwater withdrawals, stormwater and discharge permits were approved as a result of legislation passed in 2018.

A number of proposed revisions to regulations were presented to the board for consideration and approved to proceed with public participation requirements. These included three proposed general permits for construction stormwater, industrial stormwater and nonmetallic mineral mining. One proposed revision to the chlorophyll water quality standard will also go to public comment and subsequent public hearing.

Four consent orders with civil charges included an unlawful discharge into Tinker Creek (Roanoke River basin), violations at wastewater treatment plants in King George County, and wetland impacts from development in Chesterfield and Prince William counties. The board also reviewed and authorized the agency to proceed with corrective action plans for 57 poultry operations on the Eastern Shore.

The Board also heard a Mountain Valley Pipeline project presentation that described DEQ efforts to address issues raised at the August board meeting. Following citizen concerns, DEQ has sent letters to well owners on Bent Mountain to address residential drinking water questions. To date, two homeowners have responded to offers for assistance, including a landowner who has reported sedimentation from recent rains. DEQ staff has coordinated with the Virginia Department of Health to schedule a site visit and evaluation.

Following up on direction by the Board to continue more aggressive enforcement action, DEQ informed the Board that the Notice of Violation issued to EQT in July had been referred to the Commonwealth of Virginia Attorney General's Office. DEQ staff has also consulted with the divisions of Gas and Oil, and Mined Land Reclamation at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) on how DMME regulates erosion and sediment controls for permittees. While DMME protocols to address steep slopes differ to some degree, overall, DMME staff agreed that DEQ's control outcomes are the same.

The next meeting of the Board is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13.

Background
The State Water Control Board is responsible for administrating the Virginia Water Control Law. The Board sets standards of quality for state waters and water quality controls, and adopts regulations and special orders resolving violations of its regulations and permits. More information on the Board meetings is available at www.deq.virginia.gov.
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From: Ann Regn

Sent: September 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

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From: Ann Regn

Sent: September 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann Regn
Ann.Regn@DEQ.Virginia.Gov
(804) 698-4442

September 15, 2018
Stabilization Measures Continue on
Mountain Valley Pipeline Project

RICHMOND, VA. - Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) directed EQT to focus all Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) work on slope stabilization and erosion control enhancements in anticipation of heavy rains from Hurricane Florence.

Some work, specifically in the Bent Mountain and Blue Ridge Parkway areas, may appear to be extensive. Formerly approved through a stabilization plan from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), work in these areas should not be mistaken for new construction.

"Whether you call it new construction, active construction, or stabilization and erosion control measures, all parties, including DEQ staff and EQT engineers, agreed it was important to get the pipe off the slope and into the ground," said DEQ Director David Paylor. "This coordination does not constitute a stop work order, as this would be extremely dangerous with an expected storm of this size. It would not make sense for EQT crews to walk away from the project in the state it was in earlier this week. We directed EQT to secure the project to the highest extent possible before the storm hits. While people are disappointed and frustrated that we cannot exceed our legal authority and stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, we are working with EQT, as we do with all permit holders in Virginia, to ensure compliance with the laws of the commonwealth."

Work includes securing pipe in open trenches, backfilling trenches where pipe is exposed, adding gravel and additional best management practices to prevent or reduce water pollution, removing fuel tanks, pipe and equipment from floodplain areas, and installation of enhanced erosion and sediment controls at road crossings.

DEQ staff, and EQT crews, are currently on site and will remain as long as it is safe. DEQ staff is overseeing all work and inspections are ongoing. As soon as the storm has passed and it's safe to return, DEQ will assess the situation and coordinate necessary clean-up plans and procedures by EQT as required by Virginia and FERC.

Pipeline problems should be reported to DEQ's dedicated (non-emergency) hotline: 804-698-4003. During the storm, emergencies should be reported to 911. Non-emergencies can also be reported to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management 24-hour hotline at (800) 468-8892.
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