Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit Regulation [9 VAC 25 ‑ 31]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
IFR - Chapter 252 of the 2011 Acts of Assembly Re: DMME
General Information
Action Summary This final exempt regulatory action is being taken to implement Chapter 252 of the 2011 Acts of Assembly. The regulation is being amended to remove references to the delegation of authority from the State Water Control Board to the Director to the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy to issue permits related to coal surface mining. The statute was recently revised to clarify that the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy has the authority to issue VPDES permits for coal surface mining operations. This regulatory change does not impact the current process that is used to issue VPDES permits to coal surface mining operations.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: Section 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia
RIS Project Yes  [002851]
Associated Mandates Coal surface mining operations; national pollutant discharge elimination system permits.
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5930 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/28/2011.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Melissa Porterfield 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)698-4238    FAX: (804)698-4346    TDD: ()-