Virginia Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-31-10 to 25-31-940

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Pretreatment: 9 VAC 25-31-730 to 25-31-900

Pollution abatement permit: 9 VAC 25-32-10 to 25-32-760

Stormwater management: 4 VAC 50-60-10 to 50-60-1240

Wastewater operators: 18 VAC 160-20-10 to 160-20-150

Drinking water: 12 VAC 5-590-10 to 5-590-1280

Groundwater: 9 VAC 25-280-10 to 25-280-90 and 9 VAC 25-610-10 to 25-610-400

Wetlands: VAC 25-210-10 to 25-210-260

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 62.1-44.19:4 to 62.1-44.19:8

Chesapeake Bay Program: VCA 10.1-2100 to 10.1-2116

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Division

Virginia Water Control Board (Board)

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Virginia Department of Health (DOH)

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) Habitat Management Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia rules provide for permits to be issued to businesses, industries, local governments, and individuals to protect state water quality and resources. Virginia is authorized by EPA to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit program, including general permit authority for stormwater discharges.

In addition, Virginia has been granted primacy by EPA to administer ...

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