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HB 1141 Interstate natural gas pipeline; Virginia Water Protection Permit, etc., regulations.

Introduced by: Sam Rasoul | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Interstate natural gas pipeline; Virginia Water Protection Permit; regulations. Directs the State Water Control Board (the Board), regarding interstate natural gas pipeline projects, to (i) require both a Virginia Water Protection Permit and an Individual Water Quality Certification under 401 of the federal Clean Water Act; (ii) review water body crossings, construction through karst terrain, and plans for control of erosion, sediment, and stormwater; (iii) prohibit any land-disturbing activity, including tree felling, prior to the issuance of a Water Quality Certification; and (iv) require horizontal directional drilling for certain crossings of large water bodies. The bill also provides that the Board shall not voluntarily waive its authority to require an Individual Water Quality Certification under 401 of the Clean Water Act and directs the Board to expedite the adoption of regulations to carry out its provisions.


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