DEQ (Finally!) Announces 30 Day Comment Period

On Friday afternoon April 27, 2018, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced a comment period to receive public input on pipeline crossings of wetlands and streams, pursuant to an April 12 decision by the State Water Control Board. The new comment period will begin April 30 and end May 30.

The sole purpose of the written public comment period is for interested persons to submit technical comments and/or information for the MVP and ACP projects relevant to:

  1. the sufficiency of the Corps NWP 12 permit’s general and regional conditions, as they relate to specific, wetland or stream crossing(s);
  2. the sufficiency of the Corps NWP 12 permit authorization for each project, as related to specific, wetland or stream crossing(s); and/or
  3. the sufficiency of the Commonwealth’s § 401 water quality certification of NWP 12, as related to specific, wetland or stream crossing(s).

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Written comments must be received between April 30, 2018 and 11:59 pm on May 30, 2018.

INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS:

1. All written comments submitted must include the name(s), mailing address(es) and telephone number(s) of the person(s) commenting.

2. All written comments submitted must be to a specific wetland or stream crossing. Comments should reference exact wetlands and streams crossings by the identifiers found at the following address:

3. Written comments may be submitted via hand-delivery to DEQ, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219; via postal mail to DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218; or via e-mail at the following email address(es) ONLY – emails and attachments sent to other email addresses or internet sites will not be considered:

NWP12InforOnACP@deq.virginia.gov
NWP12InfoOnMVP@deq.virginia.gov

4. After the comment period closes, DEQ will evaluate the comments and will submit to the board a summary of the relevant comments received; will concurrently provide the summary to the public by posting it on DEQ’s http://www.deq.virginia.gov/PipelineUpdates.aspx; and will make the full text of the comments available to the board.

5. The board may consider, but is not required to consider, further actions that are consistent with its regulatory authority, without additional public comment on whether further action is warranted.

Read the full DEQ Notice here.