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DEQ Announces Minor NSR Regulation Reform

VA Department of Environmental Quality Announces Minor NSR Regulation Reform RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced today at the 10th Annual Virginia Industry Environmental Conference that Virginia’s minor New Source Review (minor NSR) regulations (9 VAC 5, Chapter 80, Article 6) have been approved in accordance with adopted State Air Board […]

New Study Shows Manufacturing Demand for Natural Gas Will Grow

New NAM Study Shows Positive Natural Gas Impacts in Virginia and Across U.S. Click here to read the full press release.

Webinar on Environmental Management

Are you interested in learning more about how you can manage your environmental risks and add value to your business? The Virginia Department of Environment Quality’s (DEQ) Office of Pollution Prevention is hosting a webinar on Wednesday September 21st at 1:00 EST.  Please join to learn about environmental management systems (EMS) and what it takes […]

Virginia Victory Against EPA Attempt to Regulate Water Flow as a Pollutant

RICHMOND – Late this afternoon, a federal judge accepted arguments made by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate water itself as a pollutant by imposing restrictions on the flow of stormwater into Fairfax County’s Accotink Creek.  The effect of this ruling could […]

Brett Vassey column: Trump reverses obstacles to offshore energy development

Brett Vassey column: Trump reverses obstacles to offshore energy development Richmond Times Dispatch | May 14 By Brett Vassey Last year, when the Obama administration removed the entire Atlantic — including waters off Virginia, straight on down through Georgia — from being considered for possible oil and natural gas leasing through 2022, it appeared these […]

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development

Virginia Petroleum Council to Gov. McAuliffe: Virginians benefit from safe offshore energy development RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Miles Morin released the following statement in response to Governor McAuliffe’s comments on the Interior Department’s oil and gas leasing program. “It’s high time Virginians felt the benefits of harnessing our state’s vast energy […]

New Technology Adjusts Timeframe For Virginia Plant Investment – Vastly

New Technology Adjusts Timeframe For Virginia Plant Investment. The Washington Post (5/8, Vozzella) reports that the Shandong Tranlin Paper Co.’s plans “to build a $2 billion paper plant that would create 2,000 jobs in the Richmond suburbs,” may be delayed because “a new technology that the company has been testing in China is working so […]

WestRock To Buy Five Manufacturing Plants For $192M.

WestRock To Buy Five Manufacturing Plants For $192M. The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (5/24, Blackwell) reports that “packaging giant WestRock Co. is buying five manufacturing plants in a $192 million cash and stock deal.” The Times-Dispatch adds, “WestRock, which has administrative offices in both Richmond and Norcross, Ga., said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to […]

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to Begin Construction in August

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Largest Municipal Utility Solar Farm to Begin Construction in August ~ Kentuck Solar Project to power more than 900 homes in the City of Danville ~  DANVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Kentuck Solar project, Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm, will begin construction this August. The Kentuck […]

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing

Virginia Petroleum Council criticizes Gov. McAuliffe’s call to reject offshore oil, gas leasing DailyEnergyInsider | August 21, 2017 | by Chris Galford  Following a request from Gov. Terry McAuliffe that Virginia be excluded from a Trump Administration plan to lease oil and gas operations, the Virginia Petroleum Council has rebutted the governor’s comments with a call […]

Jennings and Vassey: Few budget choices are as critical as clean water

By ANN F. JENNINGS and BRETT A. VASSEY Richmond Times-Dispatch It is hard to overstate the importance of wastewater treatment plants in protecting the environment and public health. These clean-water factories take raw sewage and clean it up to meet state and federal water quality standards before discharging it back into our streams and rivers. […]

New Report Details How EPA Regulations Will Harm Virginia’s Economic Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 28, 2012 EPA Regulations Will Harm Virginia’s Economic Growth New Report Details Questionable EPA Regulations RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a new study today by ndp|consulting, A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of EPA Regulations on the U.S. […]

Virginia SAVES program for energy users

VA SAVES is an interest rate subsidy program for large scale energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuel projects in Virginia for both private borrowers. On September 2, 2015, Governor McAuliffe announced the launch of the Virginia SAVES Green Community Program. The interest rate subsidy is from the utilization of taxable Federal Qualified Energy Conservation […]

Virginia DEQ To Require Additional Water-Quality Certifications For ACP, MVP.

Virginia DEQ To Require Additional Water-Quality Certifications For ACP, MVP. In continuing coverage, Engineering News-Record (4/12) reports the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will now require the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline “to obtain U.S Army Corps of Engineers water-quality certifications as well as wetland and stream crossing permits.”  Read more >>

Recycle VA! Presented to Norfolk Environmental Commission

http://www.norfolk.gov/NEC Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO, and Kate Baker, Virginia Retail Federation, presented to Norfolk Environmental Commission last night on the Recycle VA! initiative and its first VA legislation – SB1518 – to improve recycling for beneficial use, litter reduction and public education. Click here to view the Recycle VA! Overview that was discussed.

State Publishes New Environmental and Regulatory Reports

State Publishes New Environmental and Regulatory Reports MFG Regulatory Costs Estimated at $5 Billion per Year  Richmond, VA, September 30, 2016 – The Commonwealth of Virginia released two new publications at the 14th Annual Virginia Environmental Health & Safety Conference. The update to the cost of regulatory compliance study released by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission […]