BREDL Calls for Postponement of 401 Process

In a news release issued Aug. 3, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) recommended that Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) postpone the 401 water certification process until all soil and erosion control and stormwater management plans are made public. In the release, organizer Sharon Ponton faults the DEQ for releasing late and incomplete regulatory plans for the proposed ACP and MVP, and says, “The DEQ is not upholding the standards set forth in the Clean Water Act.”

BREDL says:

  • DEQ made misleading statement to the press about the certification process
  • 40% of DEQ’s public hearings on the draft 401 Virginia Water Certification Permit are being held at venues as far as 100 miles outside of the areas directly affected by the proposed pipelines
  • DEQ claims it is setting up a more stringent process for Erosion and Sedimentation and Storm Water Management. Incomplete plans were only made publically available on July 19 and the last plans are not due until August 25, three days after the deadline for comments. “We question the DEQ’s commitment to water quality when the erosion and sedimentation and storm water management plans aren’t available for review by the public before the public hearings and comment periods began on the Virginia 401 Water Certification process.”

Read the full press release and BREDL’s letter to DEQ here.