Virginia certification of MVP water crossings still uncertain

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has responded to a May 13 request from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as to whether DEQ intended to require for the Mountain Valley Pipeline a new certificate under section 401 of the Clean Water Act concerning the project’s proposal to change the waterbody crossing method for the project at 120 stream or river crossings,

Conservation groups urge VA DEQ to adopt turbidity standards

Twenty-four conservation groups have urged the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to develop standards that “effectively control turbidity and solids to protect our streams.” The groups’ May 12 letter points out that the State Water Control Board unanimously approved two-years ago a motion directing DEQ staff to develop turbidity standards,” but the agency has yet to move toward adopting standards.