Vol. 37 Iss. 3 - September 28, 2020

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Chapter 120
Notice of Intended Regulatory Action

Notice is hereby given in accordance with § 2.2-4007.01 of the Code of Virginia that the State Water Control Board intends to consider amending 9VAC25-120, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit Regulation for Discharges from Petroleum Contaminated Sites, Groundwater Remediation, and Hydrostatic Tests. This general permit regulation establishes limitations, monitoring requirements, and other special conditions for point source discharge from petroleum contaminated sites, groundwater remediation, and hydrostatic tests to surface waters to maintain surface water quality. The purpose of the proposed action is to amend and reissue the existing general permit, which expires on February 25, 2023.

Some issues that may need to be addressed include (i) reviewing the quantification levels required and significant figures for reporting purposes; (ii) clarifying when certain parameters must be monitored; (iii) updating the registration statement, including latitude and longitude and State Corporation Commission entity number; (iv) requiring online registrations and electronic discharge monitoring report submittals when these become available by the Department of Environmental Quality for this industry; (v) reviewing effluent limitations and monitoring frequencies based on past compliance history; (vi) reviewing total maximum daily load requirements; (vi) considering expanding coverage to include additional activities; and (vii) reviewing special conditions to ensure they are updated and protective of water quality.

The agency intends to hold a public hearing on the proposed action after publication in the Virginia Register.

Statutory Authority: § 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia; § 402 of the Clean Water Act; 40 CFR Parts 122, 123, and 124.

Public Comment Deadline: October 28, 2020.

Agency Contact: Alison Thompson, Department of Environmental Quality, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone (703) 583-3834, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R21-6517; Filed September 8, 2020, 9:24 a.m.
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