Vol. 25 Iss. 24 - August 03, 2009



Initial Agency Notice

Title of Regulation: 9VAC25-720. Water Quality Management Planning Regulation.

Statutory Authority: § 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia.

Name of Petitioner: Christopher D. Hively, PE, Environmental Services Director.

Nature of Petitioner's Request: Amend the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation (9VAC25-720-70 C, Rappahannock River Basin), to increase total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) waste load allocations (WLAs) for the Town of Culpeper wastewater plant (VPDES Permit No. 0061590).  Current nutrient WLAs are TN = 54,820 lb/yr; TP = 4,112 lb/yr, based on a design flow of 4.5 million gallons per day (MGD). The town is expanding the plant to 6 MGD and installing state-of-the-art nutrient reduction technology. Construction is underway, with work expected to be completed and the facility certified for operation by 12/31/10. Culpeper requests the WLAs be amended to TN = 73,058 lbs/yr (an 18,238 lb/yr increase) and TP = 5,479 lbs/yr (a 1,367 lb/yr increase), to reflect the 6 MGD design flow.

Agency's Plan for Disposition of the Request: Public-notice receipt of the petition and provide for a 21-day public comment period. Upon close of the public comment period, review any comments received and then make a decision to either initiate a rulemaking or place the petition on the board's next meeting agenda for their consideration.

Public comments may be submitted until August 24, 2009.

Agency Contact: John M. Kennedy, Department of Environmental Quality, Chesapeake Bay Program Manager, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone (804) 698-4312, TTY (800) 592-5482, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R09-30; Filed July 15, 2009, 9:52 a.m.