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9VAC25-260-275. Protection of Eastern Shore tidal waters for clams and oysters.

A. This section applies to applications for individual Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits authorizing new or expanded discharges to or otherwise affecting Eastern Shore tidal waters, which include all tidal rivers and creeks on the Eastern Shore (Accomack and Northampton counties) including the tidal waters within the barrier islands on the eastern seaside of the Eastern Shore (does not include Atlantic Ocean waters) and all tidal rivers and creeks on the western bayside and including the Chesapeake Bay to a point one mile offshore from any point of land on the Eastern Shore.

B. When such application proposes a new or expanded discharge that would not be denied pursuant to 9VAC25-260-270 but would result in shellfish water condemnation, then the application shall be amended to contain an analysis of wastewater management alternatives to the proposed discharge. An application shall be deemed incomplete until this analysis is provided to the department.

C. For purposes of this part, condemnation shall mean a reclassification of shellfish waters by the state Department of Health to prohibited or restricted (as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Shellfish Sanitation Program, Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish, 2007, Section II, Model Ordinance, Definitions, and Chapter 4, Classification of Shellfish Growing Areas) thereby signifying that shellfish from such waters are unfit for market.

D. The alternatives analysis shall first identify and describe the technical feasibility of each wastewater management alternative to the proposed new or expanded discharge. If the analysis demonstrates that any of the identified alternatives are technically feasible, then the analysis shall further describe the environmental, social and economic impacts and opportunities to mitigate any adverse impacts for those alternatives.

E. If the alternatives analysis demonstrates that the proposed new or expanded discharge is the only technically feasible alternative or produces the least environmental impact of all the technically feasible alternatives, the application will be processed in accordance with 9VAC25-31 (VPDES Permit Regulation). If the analysis demonstrates that a technically feasible alternative produces less of an environmental impact than that associated with the proposed new or expanded discharge but results in significant adverse social and economic impacts to beneficial uses and to the locality and its citizens, the application shall be processed in accordance with 9VAC25-31. If the analysis demonstrates that a technically feasible alternative produces less of an environmental impact than that associated with the proposed new or expanded discharge and does not result in significant adverse social and economic impacts to beneficial uses and to the locality and its citizens, then processing of the VPDES application shall be suspended while the applicant makes a good faith effort to obtain approval from the appropriate regulatory authorities for the alternative. Processing of the application shall be resumed only if the alternative form of wastewater management is disapproved by the appropriate regulatory authorities.

Statutory Authority

62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia; 33 USC 1251 et seq.; 40 CFR Part 131.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 23, eff. August 20, 2009.


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