Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists
Regulations for the Geology Certification Program [18 VAC 145 ‑ 40]
Public Comment Forum

On this Periodic Review

Review Announcement

Pursuant to Executive Order 19 (2022) and ยงยง 2.2-4007.1 and 2.2-4017 of the Code of Virginia, this regulation is undergoing a periodic review.

The review of this regulation will be guided by the principles in Executive Order 19 https://TownHall.Virginia.Gov/EO-19-Development-and-Review-of-State-Agency-Regulations.pdf.

The purpose of this review is to determine whether this regulation should be repealed, amended, or retained in its current form. Public comment is sought on the review of any issue relating to this regulation, including whether the regulation (i) is necessary for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare or for the economical performance of important governmental functions; (ii) minimizes the economic impact on small businesses in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of applicable law; and (iii) is clearly written and easily understandable.

The comment period begins July 31, 2023, and ends on August 21, 2023.

Comments may be submitted online to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at
Comments may also be sent to Name: Kathleen R. Nosbisch; Title: Executive Director, Address: DPOR, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400, City: Richmond, State: Virginia, Zip: 23233, Telephone: (804)367-8514, FAX: (866)465-6206, email address:

In order for you to receive a response to your comment, your contact information (preferably an email address or, alternatively, a U.S. mailing address) must accompany your comment. Following the close of the public comment period, a report of both reviews will be posted on the Town Hall and a report of the small business impact review will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

CLOSED     Opened on 7/31/2023 and Ended on 8/21/2023

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Comment Title Commenter
Value Of Professional Geologist Certification Haywood Wigglesworth  8/21/23  5:09 pm
Mandating Professional Geology Licensure Yonathan Admassu, James Madison University  8/21/23  5:00 pm
Support for mandatory licensure, continuing education requirement Geologist in Virginia  8/21/23  3:30 pm
Support for the Geologist Certification Program Anonymous (219579)  8/21/23  3:29 pm
In Support of Professional Geologist Certification in Virginia John Voorhees, PG  8/21/23  10:56 am
PG Licensure/Certification Craig LaCosse  8/21/23  10:51 am
PG certification in VA John W. S. Davis, Jr GP  8/21/23  10:42 am
Professional Geology Licensure James F Bernard  8/21/23  10:20 am
Professional Geologists are Critical to Public Health and Safety for the Citizens of Virginia Jason Early, PG - Stantec  8/21/23  9:39 am
Professional Credentials David Cleland, PG  8/21/23  9:17 am
Professional Geologist certification should remain Zack Oremland, PG  8/21/23  8:26 am
Maintain Certification of Professional Geologists E. Randolph McFarland  8/20/23  12:56 pm
Practicing Geology Safety Consideration Guy Rawls  8/19/23  9:03 am
Support of Professional Geological Certification/Licensure Kenny Megginson (Schnabel Engineering)  8/18/23  4:03 pm
Support for Professional Geologist Certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia Robin E. Reed, PG  8/18/23  11:09 am
Maintain Geologic Licensure Ashley Lunsford, PG  8/18/23  9:54 am
Support of Professional Geologist Certification Eric Wollmann  8/18/23  8:44 am
PG Support Letter sent to Senators Jan. 2023 Martin J. Woodard, PhD PG PE  8/18/23  8:38 am
In Support of Maintaining/Expanding Virginia's PG Licensure Program David Berry, PG  8/17/23  5:27 pm
Professional Geologist License Andrew Harrison, PG, Schnabel Engineering  8/17/23  5:12 pm
Real Estate Development needs the CPG certification Matthew Holbrook  8/17/23  2:36 pm
Virginia Certified PG program Sarah Stinger  8/17/23  11:08 am
Review Regulations and Consider Updates (Geologists and DPOR) Shannon George  8/17/23  9:12 am
Support for Registration of Geologists G. V. Burbach, PhD, PG  8/16/23  8:00 pm
Geology Certification Sue Young  8/16/23  7:24 pm
Continue the Geologist licensure program Daniel P Jackson  8/16/23  4:29 pm
Keeping Virginia Professional Grologist Licensure Michael G. Jones  8/16/23  3:02 pm
Professional Geologist Certification in Virginia Eric Seavey  8/16/23  2:07 pm
Keeping Geologist Licensure in VA Kristopher McCandless  8/16/23  1:56 pm
Support of Licensure for Geologists Brent Johnson P.G., P.E.  8/16/23  1:52 pm
In support of Virginia PG Licesnure Ron A James, CPG, CEM  8/16/23  1:37 pm
In Support of Licensing Geologists Andrew Owens, PG  8/14/23  3:34 pm
Licensure of Geologists in Virginia Brian Bruckno  8/14/23  2:51 pm
Support Certification of Geologists Mike Lawless  8/14/23  10:33 am
Benefits of Professional Geologists to Virginia Bruce Mills  8/13/23  4:46 pm
Support to retain Professional Licensure for Geologists Krista Tetrick  8/11/23  12:05 pm
Support for Geologist Licensure Joshua Holloman  8/10/23  9:43 am
Geologists certification program in Virginia John T Popp  8/9/23  8:57 pm
Professional Geologist Licensure Bryant Mountjoy, PG  8/7/23  9:01 am
Support Certification of Professional Geologists in VA! Eric Bruce Rehwoldt, P.E., C.P.G.  8/6/23  7:25 pm
Support VAC for Virginia Geologists Steven P. Pond, P.G.  8/5/23  11:10 am
Support of Geologist Licensure Andrew R. Shontz, P.G.  8/3/23  8:39 am
Professional Geologist License Michelle Wharton  8/2/23  4:47 pm
Support of Certification of Geologists Anthony W. Creech, P.G.  8/2/23  3:06 pm
Support of Geologist Licensure Bill DiGuiseppi, Jacobs Engineering  8/2/23  2:26 pm
Support Geologist Licensure Steven R. Edlavitch  8/2/23  12:49 pm
Periodic Regulatory Review of Geologist License THOMAS HOUSTON  8/2/23  11:41 am
Keep Geologist geologing Nick Bass, CPG, PE  8/2/23  10:37 am
Continue Geologist Certifcation Ronn Beebe  8/1/23  4:13 pm
Support of Professional Geologist Licensure Amanda L. Reynolds, P.G.  8/1/23  1:48 pm
Why the Certification of Professional Geologists is critical to the wellbeing of Virginia. James Emery-Emery & Garrett Groundwater Investigations a Division of GZA  8/1/23  12:58 pm
Professional Geologist Licensure Anonymous (218260)  8/1/23  9:59 am
elimination of the Geologists certification program in Virginia Motgomery Bennett, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.  8/1/23  7:15 am
Support of Continueation of Geologist Licensure Dan Centofanti  8/1/23  7:02 am
Support of Continuation of Geologist Licensing Anonymous (218252)  8/1/23  6:59 am
Virginia Professional Geologist Licensure Laura J Cook  7/31/23  10:08 pm
Support of Continued Registration of Professional Geologists in Virginia Barry Franz, Gemini Engineering LLC  7/31/23  3:45 pm
Geology Licensure Michael Brown  7/31/23  3:41 pm
8VAC145-40, particularly Part III Sections 90-150 Brian J. Olson P.Geo, C.E.G.  7/31/23  3:06 pm
Licensing for Professional Geologists Alberto A. Gutierrez  7/31/23  2:56 pm
In Support of Licensure of Geologists R. Drew Thomas, C.P.G.  7/31/23  2:29 pm
Support of Geologist License Phyllis V. Buff  7/31/23  1:09 pm
Support of continuing regulation of professional geologists Thomas A. Herbert, PhD, PG  7/31/23  11:32 am
Geologist License in VA Christina Sullivan  7/31/23  10:04 am
Geologist certification justification Noah Fleischer, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC.  7/31/23  8:42 am

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