Virginia Environmental Protection Agency regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia Waste Management Act, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 10.1-1400 to 10.1-1457

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Petroleum storage tank laws: VCA 62.1-44.34:8 to 62.1-44.34:28

Virginia Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Program laws: VCA 44-146.34 to 44-146.40

Virginia air pollution control laws: VCA 10.1-1300 to 10.1-1326

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ): VCA 10.1-1182 to 10.1-1197.4

Virginia state water control laws: VCA 62.1-44.2 to 62.1-44.34:28

Miscellaneous offenses relating to water pollution: VCA 62.1-194 to 62.1-195.1

Virginia Ground Water Management Act of 1992, VCA 62.1-254 to 62.1-270

Virginia Environmental Emergency Response Fund Act, VCA 10.1-2500 to 10.1-2502

Voluntary Environmental Assessment, VCA 10.1-1198 and VCA 10.1-1199

Brownfield Restoration and Land Renewal Act, VCA 10.1-1230 to 10.1-1237

Regulatory Agency

Virginia DEQ

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The counterpart to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Virginia is DEQ. DEQ has received authorization from EPA to implement state air, water, and waste management rules.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ administers and enforces the state's environmental laws and regulations. To receive and maintain federal authorization, DEQ's air, water, and waste management rules must be at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, DEQ has to continue to either adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or implement more stringent state standards.

State Requirements


DEQ develops environmental regulations and permits regarding air quality, water quality, and waste ...

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