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Environmental Quality, Department of; policy statement.
Adds provisions for addressing climate change and for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the administration of environmental laws, regulations, and policies in the statement of the Department of Environmental Quality's purpose. The bill also adds the enhancement of the environment and the promotion of the health and well-being of the Commonwealth's residents and visitors to the Department's policy goals.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 10.1-1183 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 10.1-1183. Creation of Department of Environmental Quality; statement of policy.
There is hereby created a Department of Environmental Quality by the consolidation of the programs, functions, staff, facilities, assets and obligations of the following agencies: the State Water Control Board, the Department of Air Pollution Control, the Department of Waste Management, and the Council on the Environment. Wherever in this title and in the Code of Virginia reference is made to the Department of Air Pollution Control, the Department of Waste Management or the Council on the Environment, or any division thereof, it shall mean the Department of Environmental Quality.
It shall be the policy of the Department of Environmental Quality to protect and enhance the environment of Virginia in order to promote the health and well-being of the Commonwealths citizens, residents, and visitors in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The purposes of the Department are:
1. To assist in the effective implementation of the Constitution of Virginia by carrying out state policies aimed at conserving the Commonwealths natural resources and protecting its atmosphere, land and waters from pollution.
2. To address climate change by developing and implementing policy and regulatory approaches to reducing climate pollution and promoting climate resilience in the Commonwealth and by ensuring that climate impacts and climate resilience are taken into account across all programs and permitting processes.
3. To coordinate permit review and issuance procedures to protect all aspects of Virginias environment.
3. 4. To enhance public participation in the
regulatory and permitting processes. 4. 5. To establish and effectively implement a
pollution prevention program to reduce the impact of pollutants on Virginias
natural resources. 5. 6. To establish procedures for, and
undertake, long-range environmental program planning and policy analysis,
including assessments of emerging environmental challenges. 6. 7. To conduct comprehensive evaluations of
the Commonwealths environmental protection programs. 7. 8. To develop uniform administrative systems
to ensure coherent environmental policies. 8. 9. To coordinate state reviews with federal
agencies on environmental issues, such as environmental impact statements. 9. 10. To promote environmental quality through
public hearings and expeditious and comprehensive permitting, inspection,
monitoring and enforcement programs, and provide effective service delivery to
the regulated community. 10. 11. To advise the Governor and General
Assembly, and, on request, assist other officers, employees, and public bodies
of the Commonwealth, on matters relating to environmental quality and the
effectiveness of actions and programs designed to enhance that quality. 11. 12. To ensure that there is consistency in
the enforcement of the laws, regulations, and policies as they apply to holders
of permits or certificates issued by the Department, whether the owners or
operators of such regulated facilities are public sector or private sector
entities, including the development of electronic recordkeeping and document
transmittal systems that encourage the use of electronic methods in performing
the Departments business as a means of furthering both resource conservation
and transaction efficiency. To serve that end, wherever used in this chapter or
in other statutory or regulatory provisions that the Department administers, (i)
"certified mail" means electronically certified or postal certified
mail, except that this provision shall apply only to the mailing of plan
approvals, permits, or certificates issued under the provisions of this chapter
and those of the Air Pollution Control Law (� 10.1-1300 et seq.), the Virginia
Waste Management Act (� 10.1-1400 et seq.), and the State Water Control Law (�
62.1-44.2 et seq.), and only where the recipient has notified the Department of
his consent to receive plan approvals, permits, or certificates by electronic
mail, and (ii) "mail" means electronic or postal delivery. Any
statutory provisions requiring use of "certified mail" to transmit
special orders or administrative orders pursuant to enforcement proceedings shall
mean postal certified mail.
13. To [
strive for ensure ] the
fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race,
color, national origin, or income with respect to the administration of
environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
|01/29/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (8-Y 0-N)|
|01/14/2020||House||House: Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102923D|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources|