Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board

General Notice
General Notice: Proposed Revision to the State Air Quality Plan (Rev. D22)
Date Posted: 5/15/2023
Expiration Date: 7/5/2023
Submitted to Registrar for publication: YES
30 Day Comment Forum closed. Began on 6/5/2023 and ended 7/5/2023   [1 comments]

Notice of action: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a proposed plan to attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The Commonwealth intends to submit the plan as a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) in accordance with the requirements of §110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act. The SIP is the plan developed by the Commonwealth in order to fulfill its responsibilities under the federal Clean Air Act to attain and maintain the NAAQS promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Act.

Purpose of notice: DEQ is seeking comment on the issue of whether certain regulation amendments that implement requirements for transfer of authority and requests for certain public hearings (Regulation Revision D22) should be submitted as a revision to the SIP.

Public comment period: June 5 to July 5, 2023.

Public hearing: A public hearing will be conducted if a request is made in writing to the contact listed below. In order to be considered, the request must include the full name, address and telephone number of the person requesting the hearing and be received by DEQ by the last day of the comment period. Notice of the date, time, and location of any requested public hearing will be announced in a separate notice, and another 30-day comment period will be conducted.

Public comment stage: The regulation amendments that are necessary to conform to Virginia statutory law are exempt from the standard regulatory adoption process by the provisions of §2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Administrative Process Act (APA). The regulation amendments that are technical corrections are exempt by the provisions of § 2.2-4006 A 3 of the APA. Because the amendments have already been adopted and are exempt from administrative procedures for the adoption of regulations, DEQ is accepting comment only on the issue cited above under "purpose of notice" and not on the content of the regulation amendments.

Description of proposal: Chapter 356 of the 2022 Acts of Assembly limits the authority of the State Air Pollution Control Board to the issuance of regulations, and transfers the board\'s existing authority to issue permits, orders, and variances to DEQ. The regulations were amended accordingly under Regulation Revision D22; additional information is available from Town Hall:

Federal information: This notice is being given to satisfy the public participation requirements of federal regulations (40 CFR 51.102). The proposal will be submitted as a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia SIP under § 110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act in accordance with 40 CFR 51.104. Certain provisions not germane to the SIP and not being submitted as part of the SIP revision are identified.

How to comment: DEQ accepts written comments by email, fax, and postal mail. In order to be considered, comments must include the full name, address and telephone number of the person commenting and be received by DEQ on the last day of the comment period. All faxes must have a cover page that lists the intended recipient. All materials received are part of the public record.

To review proposal: The proposal and any supporting documents are available on the DEQ Air Public Notices web site: documents may also be obtained by contacting the DEQ representative named below. The public may schedule an appointment to review the documents between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm of each business day until the close of the public comment period at the following DEQ locations: 1) Main Street Office, 22nd Floor, 1111 E. Main St, Richmond VA, 804-698-4000, 2) Southwest Regional Office, 355-A Deadmore St, Abingdon VA, 540-676-4800, 3) Blue Ridge Regional Office, 3901 Russell Dr, Salem VA, 540-562-6700, 4) Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Rd, Harrisonburg VA, 540-574-7800, 5) Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Rd, Glen Allen VA, 804-527-5020, 6) Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Ct, Woodbridge VA, 703-583-3800, and 7) Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Blvd, Virginia Beach VA, 757-518-2000.

Contact for public comments, document requests and additional information: Karen G. Sabasteanski, Policy Analyst, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond VA 23218 (phone 804-659-1973, fax 804-698-4178, email:

Contact Information
Name / Title: Karen G. Sabasteanski 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)659-1973    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-