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Official DEQ news releases.
    April 7, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447

    RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has provided water quality certification for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Nationwide Permits.

    DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board, issued the final Section 401 Water Quality Certification as meeting the requirements of the Virginia Water Protection regulation. After having accepted public comment for 30 days and giving consideration to the comments received, DEQ found that there is a reasonable assurance that the activities permitted under the Corps' Nationwide Permit program, including the Norfolk District Corps' Regional Conditions, will be conducted in a manner that will not violate applicable water quality standards, provided permittees comply with all applicable Section 401 conditions.

    Among the activities covered under the federal Nationwide Permit program are projects such as renewable energy generation facilities, living shorelines, aids to navigation, dredging, utility line activities, aquatic habitat restoration, and removal of low-head dams.
    April 6, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447

    RICHMOND, VA. -- Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the winners of the 2017
    Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards, which were presented this week at the Environment Virginia Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

    The awards recognize successful and innovative projects in the categories of sustainability program, environmental project, land conservation and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. Located all around the Commonwealth and from several sectors, winners represent a variety of achievement benefitting Virginia's natural environment.

    "The organizations recognized have proven their dedication to protecting Virginia's environment, and it is an honor to acknowledge their achievements," Governor McAuliffe said. "Their accomplishments can inspire others to reduce their own environmental footprint and preserve important landscapes."

    The Gold Medal winners are:

    -- Alexandria Renew Enterprises for its commitment to protecting public health and the environment through its Sustainability and Environmental Program, which uses innovative technologies to increase energy efficiency.
    -- The Fairfax County Park Authority for the restoration and conscious management of Huntley Meadows Park Wetland, which has encouraged the return of rare species and growth in stewardship education within the community.
    -- The James City County Department of Parks and Recreation for its exemplary implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan as demonstrated by the Freedom Park Multi-Use Trail.
    -- The Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in partnership with the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation for their implementation of the Renewable Energy Program, which used locally grown warm-season grasses as a renewable feedstock to provide heat for both facilities.
    -- The Town of Halifax for its exemplary implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan as demonstrated by the Banister River Blueway-King’s Bridge Landing Access project.
    -- U.S. Army Garrison, Fort A.P. Hill, for its implementation of the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, which protects undeveloped land surrounding Fort A.P. Hill including wetlands, streams, riparian forest buffer and open lands.

    Award winners were chosen based on criteria including environmental benefit, stakeholder involvement, public outreach, transferability and innovativeness. The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Additional information on the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards is available on the DEQ website at
    April 6, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447

    RICHMOND, VA. -- In keeping with Governor McAuliffe's commitment that the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will be constructed in the most environmentally protective manner, the Department of Environmental Quality has notified ACP and MVP that in addition to utilizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nationwide permit 12 for wetland and stream crossings, DEQ will be requiring individual 401 water quality certifications for each project.

    These certifications will ensure that Virginia water quality standards are maintained in all areas affected by the projects. The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on these certifications and the conditions required to protect water quality. DEQ also will hold public hearings on the draft certifications. Once the comment period has concluded the proposed final certifications will be brought before the State Water Control Board.


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EPA USDA September 17, 2015 Announced Reduction Goals for Agricultural and Food Waste Programs.

Aaron GilmanRepresentatives from the USDA and EPA announced the first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50% reduction by 2030.In order to reach this goal, the federal government will partner with private and public organizations, the private sector, and other local governments to reduce food waste. The aim of the goal is to improve food security, con- serve natural res ...


RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took part today in a ceremonial signing of House Bill 1649 that enhances safety for workers in the waste and recycling industry. This event kicks off public education efforts from the Virginia Waste Industries Association (VWIA,) a chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA,) as they urging motorists to become familiar w ...

VWIA News from your Chapter Manager, Bob Kania

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National Waste & Recycling Association
1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 804
Arlington, VA 22202
T: 800-424-2869 T: 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824