Vol. 25 Iss. 26 - August 31, 2009



Proposed Economics and Personal Finance Standards of Learning

The Virginia Board of Education is seeking public comment on proposed Standards of Learning for Economic and Personal Finance.

The Department of Education has posted the proposed Economics and Personal Finance Standards of Learning at

Public comment will be received from September 17, 2009, until October 30, 2009, and can be submitted via email at

Three public hearings will be held, as follows:

September 17, 2009, Virginia Department of Education, James Monroe Building, Jefferson Room, 22nd Floor, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Time: Immediately following the Board of Education meeting. Registration of speakers will begin at 9 a.m. Directions to this location may be found at

September 22, 2009, Riverlawn Elementary School, 8100 Beth Nelson Drive, Fairlawn, VA 24141. Time: 7 p.m. Registration of speakers will begin at 6 p.m. Directions to this location may be found at

September 22, 2009, Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Burke, VA 22032.

Time: 7 p.m., Registration of speakers will begin at 6 p.m. Directions to this location may be found at

Contact Information: Dr. Margaret N. Roberts, Office of Policy and Communications, P.O. Box 2120, 101 N. 14th St., 25th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, email, telephone (804) 225-2540, or FAX (804) 225-2524.


Notice to Restore Water Quality for Totuskey and Richardson Creeks

Public meeting: September 9, 2009, at the Richmond County YMCA, 13207 History Land Highway, Warsaw, VA 22572. An afternoon public meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the evening public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Purpose of notice: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Conservation and Recreation are announcing the completion of a study to restore water quality for a shellfish growing area, a public comment opportunity, and two public meetings.

Meeting description: Final public meetings on a study to restore water quality for shellfish growing areas along Totuskey and Richardson Creeks, which are impaired due to bacterial violations in Richmond County.

Description of study: Virginia agencies are working to identify sources of the bacterial contamination in the shellfish growing waters of these (tidal) creeks including their tributaries. These streams are impaired for failure to meet the designated use of shellfish consumption because of bacterial water quality standard violations. Totuskey Creek also has a recreational impairment (swimming). The recreational water quality standard is less stringent than that of the shellfish standard, therefore it is expected that clean-up efforts aimed at restoring the shellfish use will also result in attainment of the recreational use.  The study reports the status of the creeks via sampling performed by the Virginia Department of Health - Division of Shellfish Sanitation, shellfish area condemnations, and the possible sources of bacterial contamination.  The study recommends total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for the impaired waters.  A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards.  To restore water quality, bacterial levels have to be reduced to the TMDL amount. The draft report for the study is available at

How to comment: DEQ accepts written comments by email, fax, or postal mail. Written comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting and be received by DEQ during the comment period, which will expire on October 8, 2009. DEQ also accepts written and oral comments at the public meeting announced in this notice.

Contact for additional information: Margaret Smigo, TMDL Coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality, Piedmont Regional Office, 4949A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060, telephone (804) 527-5124, FAX (804) 527-5106, or email


Consent Special Order for Strata Mine Services, Inc.

An enforcement action has been proposed for Strata Mine Services, Inc., for alleged violations in Russell County. The special order by consent will address an unauthorized discharge to state waters and violations of the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. A description of the proposed action is available at the DEQ office named below or online at Dallas R. Sizemore will accept comments by at email at, FAX (276) 676-4899 or postal mail Department of Environmental Quality, Southwest Regional Office, P.O. Box 1688, 355 Deadmore Street, Abingdon, VA 24212, from August 31, 2009, to September 30, 2009.


Notice to State Agencies

Mailing Address: Virginia Code Commission, 910 Capitol Street, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.

Filing Material for Publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations

Agencies are required to use the Regulation Information System (RIS) when filing regulations for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations. The Office of the Virginia Register of Regulations implemented a web-based application called RIS for filing regulations and related items for publication in the Virginia Register. The Registrar's office has worked closely with the Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) to coordinate the system with the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall. RIS and Town Hall complement and enhance one another by sharing pertinent regulatory information.

The Office of the Virginia Register is working toward the eventual elimination of the requirement that agencies file print copies of regulatory packages. Until that time, agencies may file petitions for rulemaking, notices of intended regulatory actions and general notices in electronic form only; however, until further notice, agencies must continue to file print copies of proposed, final, fast-track and emergency regulatory packages.