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Official DEQ news releases.
    February 17, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447

    RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Green program has presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to 19 Virginia tourism businesses for their outstanding commitments to green tourism practices at the fourth annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration. Twenty-two additional tourism businesses were recognized and received the Virginia Green Travel Leader Award for their efforts to protect the environment and promote green tourism in Virginia.

    The two-day conference ended today at the Darden School of Business Conference Center at the University of Virginia. The conference featured educational workshops, a green tourism business expo, and speakers including Maxime Verstraete, vice president of corporate sustainability for Hilton Worldwide. The awards luncheon was hosted by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.

    The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in Virginia’s tourism industry, and it has nearly 1,700 partner organizations that have self-certified their green commitments.

    2016 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners

    -- Green Attraction of the Year, Jungle Golf of Virginia Beach
    -- Green B&B/Inn of the Year, Peabody's “Hip Little Stay”
    -- Green Brewery of the Year, Wild Wolf Brewing Co.
    -- Green Travel Chapter of the Year, Chesapeake Green
    -- Green Conference Center of the Year, U.Va. Inn at Darden Conference and Event Center
    --Green Convention Center of the Year, Virginia Beach Convention Center
    -- Green Event of the Year, Newport News One City Marathon
    -- Green Hotel of the Year, Westin Reston Heights
    -- Green Restaurant of the Year, The Daily
    -- Green Supplier of the Year, Repsource MidAtlantic
    -- Green Supporting Partner of the Year, Virginia Clean Cities
    -- Green Transportation Partner of the Year, Richmond Limousine
    -- Green Visitor Center of the Year, Hardesty-Higgins House
    -- Green Winery of the Year, DuCard Vineyards
    -- Green Winery of the Year, North Gate Vineyard
    -- Most Innovative Green Projects, Executive Mansion Greening
    -- Most Innovative Green Projects, Oystoberfest
    -- Most Innovative Green Projects, Green Corner Consulting
    -- Industry Game Changer, Eric Walter, Blackbear Composting

    2016 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award winners

    -- Adventure Kayak Tours
    -- Burnham Guides
    -- Green Leaf and Pebble Spa
    -- Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Foundation
    -- Blue Mountain Brewery
    -- Coelacanth Brewing
    -- Port City Brewing Co.
    -- The Damascus Brewery
    -- RVA Green Team Volunteer Network
    -- Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast
    -- Clay Corner Inn and Spa
    -- Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach
    -- Hilton Richmond Downtown
    -- Hostelling International Richmond
    -- Mountain Song Inn
    -- Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast
    -- Shadow Mountain Escape
    -- Caffe Amouri
    -- Capital Ale House
    -- Local Roots – A Farm to Table Restaurant
    -- The Monticello Wine Trail
    -- Birdsong Pleasure Garden

    Marketing of Virginia Green partners is handled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation and is available at Information about the Virginia Green program is available at Program outreach and partner educational opportunities are supported by the
    February 15, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447

    RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on its proposal to certify the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Nationwide Permits. DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board, may issue a final certification decision on a Corps permit if the permit meets the requirements of the Virginia Water Protection permit program regulations.

    State law requires that a VWP permit be obtained for impacts to wetlands, streams and open water unless otherwise excluded from permitting. Application is made through the Joint Permit Application process for concurrent federal and state project review. DEQ routinely issues these certifications every five years.

    DEQ still will require that every project go through the formal application process before any permit decision is made, and it will retain authority to require that certain projects obtain individual permits.

    The comment period on the proposed certification approval ends March 17, 2017. More information about the proposal and public comments is on the DEQ website at
    January 12, 2017

    Contact: Bill Hayden
    (804) 698-4447

    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,


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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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