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Water Quality Management Planning Regulation [9 VAC 25 ‑ 720]
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Chapter Information
Description The regulation establishes, among other things, the public participation process for TMDL development, procedures for submittal of proposed TMDLs to the EPA for approval and procedures for inclusion of TMDLs and TMDL implementation plans into the Water Quality Management Plans.
State Authority Section (62.1-44.15 )10 and ()13 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority 33 USC 1313(e) of the Clean Water Act
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To protect public health and/or welfare with the least possible costs and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

To establish minimum public participation opportunities during the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads, certain wasteload allocations, 303(d) lists of impaired waters and water quality management plans.
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Contact Information
Name / Title: Mark Richards 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address: mark.richards@deq.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)698-4392    FAX: (804)698-4032    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Changes to Non-TMDL Wasteload Allocations in the Roanoke River Basin for the South Hill WWTP
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Not yet submitted to Attorney General for certification.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Wasteload Allocations - July 2017 Adoption
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/20/2017.
Transfer of Nitrogen Allocation between VEPCO (Dominion) and Tranlin, Inc./Vastly
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/20/2017.
Two Revised Waste Load Allocations in the Tennessee-Big Sandy River Basin
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/22/2017.
TMDL Actions - June 2016
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/24/2016.
TMDL Actions - October 2015
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/2/2015.
TMDL Actions - December 2014
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/3/2015.
2014 HB445 Amendment (add WLAs)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/11/2015.
Adopt Three TMDLS (62014 - James & Tennessee-Big Sandy)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/27/2014.
Adopt Four New TMDL Waste Load Allocations in the James River Watershed (32014)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/4/2014.
Amend Sections 50, 60, 70, 110 and 120 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/30/2015.
TMDL Adoptions - March 2013
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/22/2013.
Adoption of Waste Load Allocations - June 2012
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/15/2012.
Revise Total Nitrogen Waste Load Allocation for Fauquier Co. WSA - Vint Hill
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/23/2011.
Revise Total Nitrogen (TN) and Total Phosphorus (TP) Waste Load Allocations for Merck, Inc. (VPDES VA0002178)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/28/2011.
48 TMDL Waste Load Allocations - December 2010
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/16/2011.
Frederick-Winchester S.A. - Opequon WRF - Nutrient Waste Load Allocations
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/2/2011.
Deadline Extensions for Conditional Nutrient Waste Load Allocations
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/23/2009.
Amend TMDLs - Sections 50, 60, 90, 110 - 4/2009
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/8/2009.
Amend Nutrient Waste Load Allocations in Section 50.C. for the Merck WWTP and the Frederick-Winchester Service Authority Opequon WRF Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/18/2010.
New Kent County/Parham Landing Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/2/2009.
Adoption of 20 TMDLs (April 2008)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/11/2008.
Amendment Concerning Separate Allocations for the Doswell Wastewater Treatment Plan and Bear Island Paper Company Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/7/2008.
Amendment of Section 50 and 90 to add/amend TMDLs.
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/15/2007.
Fast-Track Rulemaking Amending Section 50 (Potomac-Shenandoah River Basin: Middletown STP) Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/22/2007.
Fast-Track Rulemaking Amending Section 50 (Potomac-Shenandoah River Basin: North River WWTF) Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/22/2007.
Fast-Track Rulemaking Amending Section 50 (Potomac-Shenandoah River Basin: Skyline Swannanoa) Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/22/2007.
Fast-Track Rulemaking Amending Section 80 (Roanoke River Basin: Danville City-Northside WWTP) Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/22/2007.
Amendment of Sections 50 and 130 (122006)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/2/2007.
Amendment of Sections 50, 80, 90 and 100 (9-2006)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/21/2007.
Water Quality Management Planning Regulation Amendment to Tyson Foods - Glen Allen's Allocation for Total Phosphorus Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/21/2007.
Amendment of the Nutrient Allocation for City of Fredericksburg Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/26/2007.
Amendment of Section 110 to Correct Phosphorus Waste Load Allocation for Tyson Foods in Temperenceville
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/17/2006.
Amendment to Policy Addressing Total Nitrogen and Phosphorus Limitations for Certain Permits within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - This stage only 9 VAC 25-720-60 and 120
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/11/2006.
Amend New River Basin - Section 130 B Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/28/2005.
Amendment of Tennessee-Big Sandy River Basin - Section 90 B Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/28/2005.
Amend the Roanoke River Basin - Section 80 B Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/28/2005.
Amend the Potomac-Shenandoah Basin - Section 50 B Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/28/2005.
Amend to Incorporate Three New and One Amended Wasteload Allocations (June 2005)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/2/2005.
Amendment to adopt four TMDL waste load allocations contained in four TMDL reports (March 2005)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/1/2005.
Amendment to Incorporate 11 TMDL Plan Amendments (SWCB-12/02/2004)
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/23/2005.
Amendments to Sections 50, 60, 80 & 90 - Thirteen TMDLs
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/17/2004.
Amendment to adopt eighteen TMDL waste load allocations contained in eight TMDL reports for the following river basins: Shenandoah River Basin (9 VAC 25-720-50.A) and Tennessee – Big Sandy River Basin (9 VAC 25-720-90.A).
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/8/2004.
Amendment to Include 10 TMDL Waste Load Allocations
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/8/2004.
Amendment of the Rappahannock River Basin - Section 70 B NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 5/14/2004.
Adoption of Water Quality Management Planning Regulation and repeal of WQM Plans (9 VAC 25-420, 430,440, 450, 452, 460, 470, 480, 490, 500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 570, 572 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/23/2003.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Fauquier Co. WSA-Vint Hill Total Nitrogen Wasteload Allocation Amendment NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 10/28/2011 after the comment period had ended.
Amend Nutrient Waste Load Allocations in Section 720-50.C. to Transfer Unused Allocations NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 10/24/2011 after the comment period had ended.
Regulating Stormwater Flow Through the TMDL Process NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 10/24/2011 after the comment period had ended.
Amendment to add Nutrient Waste Load Allocations for Louisa Co.-Zion Crossroads WWTP NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 11/3/2009 after the comment period had ended.