Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
Virginia Water Control Board (Board)
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit program, including general permit authority for discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). In Virginia, the program is known as the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES). See the state section NPDES PERMIT for an explanation of the VPDES permit rules.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) also issues Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) general permits for animal feeding operations (AFOs) with 300 or more animal units and for poultry operations that confine more than 20,000 chickens ...