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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 12, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447
    william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

    RICHMOND, VA. -- The Department of Environmental Quality will host an information briefing on a proposed environmental permit for the Dominion Possum Point power station in Prince William County.

    The meeting will be held at Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive, Dumfries, VA 22026 on January 26, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held February 2, 2017, at the same location and time.

    The meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash ponds. The closure of these ponds is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit addresses the closure of coal ash Pond D, which is closing in place, including the capping and post-closure care. The proposed solid waste permit also covers the remaining coal ash ponds, which are being closed through removal. Additional proposed permit requirements include groundwater monitoring and surface water monitoring.

    This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for any solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure. The meeting is intended to supplement the solid waste permit process and to allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions during the official public comment period. Also, please note that because this meeting is not part of the official permitting process, comments made during this information meeting will not be part of the official public comment record on any of the required permit actions.

    Information about the meeting or the proposed permit is available from Richard Doucette at (703) 583-3813 or by email, richard.doucette@deq.virginia.gov.
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 11, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804)698-4447
    william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

    RICHMOND, VA. -- The Department of Environmental Quality will host an information briefing on a proposed environmental permit for the Appalachian Power Co. Clinch River plant near Carbo in Russell County.

    The meeting will be held at Russell County Conference Center, 139 Highland Drive, Lebanon, Va., on January 25, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held February 1, 2017, at the same location and time.

    The meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash pond. The closure of this pond is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit covers the closure of a single coal ash pond, Ash Pond 1, including the capping of the coal ash pond and post-closure care. Additional proposed permit requirements include groundwater monitoring and surface water monitoring for the coal ash pond.

    This meeting is not part of the required public participation process for any solid waste permitting actions associated with the closure. The meeting is intended to supplement the solid waste permit process and to allow the public an opportunity to ask DEQ questions during the official public comment period. Also, please note that because this meeting is not part of the official permitting process, comments made during this information meeting will not be part of the official public comment record on any of the required permit actions.

    Information about the meeting or the proposed permit is available from Dan Manweiler at (276) 676-4837 or by email, daniel.manweiler@deq.virginia.gov.
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 31, 2016

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447
    william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

    RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has proposed an enforcement action with Virginia Electric and Power Co. (Dominion) for discharges of approximately 9,000 gallons of mineral oil from a transformer at the West Staunton substation in Augusta County and approximately 13,500 gallons of mineral oil from a transformer at the Crystal City substation in Arlington County.

    The Augusta discharge entered an unnamed tributary of Bell Creek and flowed into a farm pond in January 2016. The Arlington discharge entered Roaches Run and the Potomac River, also in January 2016. Dominion has reported that 8,900 gallons of oil were recovered in Augusta, and 11,120 gallons were recovered in Arlington.

    This proposed enforcement action contains a civil charge of $259,535, reimburses DEQ $5,882.80 for oil discharge investigative costs, and requires the completion of a corrective action plan to restore and provide monitoring to evaluate any long-term impacts and promote restoration of the environment.

    Dominion has spent approximately $1.5 million and $4.2 for response, remediation and restoration at the West Staunton and Crystal City substations, respectively. These totals do not include equipment costs for the replacement transformers. In collaboration with other natural resource trustees, DEQ also will continue to participate and promote assessment and recovery for damage to natural resources resulting from the discharge.

    DEQ's enforcement mission is to ensure compliance with Virginia's environmental laws and regulations, and to protect public health and the environment for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth. DEQ's Enforcement Program has a statewide presence with enforcement staff in six regional offices. In addition, DEQ coordinates closely with federal, state and local officials in a comprehensive strategy to thoroughly investigate reports of pollution.

    This proposed enforcement action is the product of collaborative investigatory efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard, District of Columbia's Department of Energy and Environment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    A description of the proposed enforcement action is available online at www.deq.virginia.gov. DEQ will accept comments by email to Lee.Crowell@deq.virginia.gov, or postal mail to P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23219, from October 31, 2016, through November 30, 2016.


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TFC Chester Hosts Press Conference for City of Richmond Recycling Cart Program

On June 10th, TFC Chester hosted a press conference to formally announce the rollout of the 95 gallon recycling carts to all 61,500 homes in the City of Richmond. The carts are replacing the 24 gallon bins which have been in use since year 2000.TFC President Michael “Recycle” Benedetto kicked off the event by welcoming everyone to TFC, including Mayor Dwight Jones of Richmond and CVWMA Exe ...
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Out of the Grey Area and into the Brownfields

All too often,  those  of  us  focused on the waste industry tend to view environmental “issues” as  involving  Part B permits, wetlands/streambanks, PBR’s or air emissions standards. Yet many  of our members, including those who are vendors, have environmental issues lurking in their industrial back yards that have little or nothing to do with waste hauling or landfilling activities. ...
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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 ...
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VIRGINIA GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE CELEBRATES SLOW DOWN TO GET AROUND LAW WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES

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 ...
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VWIA News from your Chapter Manager, Bob Kania

Are you getting the most value from your NWRA/VWIA membership? Many members view their membership as annual attendance at a couple of social events, chapter meetings and golf outings, spending time with other industry leaders and building relationships with prospective customers. While these are very good reasons for membership, there are many additional benefits that can be realized and you shoul ...
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