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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.

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02/07/2020 House: Printed as engrossed 20102923D-E Open
01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102923D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20102923D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 1164
    House Amendments in [ ] � February 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 10.1-1183 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the Department of Environmental Quality; policy statement.
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    Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Lopez
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    Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
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    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.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Alfonso H. Lopez D-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    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
    Summary
    Congress - Bill Number Major Title
    Branch Vote Date Yes No Not Voting
    House 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM 8 0 0
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    Start Description.
    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'
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    1-1183 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the Department of Environmental Quality; policy statement


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