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]
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8/17/23  5:27 pm
Commenter: David Berry, PG

In Support of Maintaining/Expanding Virginia's PG Licensure Program

I've been a Virginia PG for over 20 years and have been responsible for environmental investigation and remediation projects throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region during my career. Many of these projects have required a comprehensive understanding of a site's subsurface geology in order to characterize the impacts posed by a contaminant release, the associated risks to human health and the environment, and the appropriate remedies to mitigate risks and restore a site to productive use.  Pursuit/maintenance of a PG license is a demonstration that an individual is committed to the study of geology, the application of scientific principles to societal challenges, being accountable to the public, and to the betterment of outcomes for those served.  While my experience has been focused primarily on environmental impacts, the need to understand site geology is also paramount when evaluating geologic conditions for infrastructure development.  Contributions from Certified Professional Geologists ensure that our infrastructure and environment are safe, protected, and preserved for the benefit of all.  The potential impact and cost of unqualified professionals practicing geology far outweighs any perceived benefit associated with elimination/minimization of the PG licensure program.  I therefore support Virginia's current voluntary Certified Professional Geologist licensure program and would support an expanded requirement for a PG license with demonstrated continuing education to practice Geology in Virginia.  

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