Virginia Environmental Impact Statement regulations & environmental compliance analysis
Virginia Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
State projects: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 10.1-1188
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia does not have a statute similar to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that requires state agencies to prepare an EIS for actions that may cause environmental harm. However, Virginia statutes do require an impact analysis (IA) for hazardous waste site applications and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for oil and gas drilling operations in Virginia tidewaters. Virginia also requires the submittal of environmental impact reviews (EIRs) for major state projects by certain state entities.
Where a project is subject to both state and federal requirements, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will accept a suitable federal document as the state EIR. The document must meet the state standards.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's OEIR determines whether a particular project will require the submission of an EIR. The OEIR also reviews NEPA documents, including draft and final EISs, and provides scoping comments for the preparation of these documents. The DEQ ...