The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Board" means State Water Control Board. However, when used outside the context of the promulgation of regulations, including regulations to establish general permits, "board" means the Department of Environmental Quality.
"Criteria" means elements of the board's ground water quality standards, expressed as constituent concentrations, levels, or narrative statements, representing a quality of water that supports a particular use. When criteria are met, ground water quality will generally protect the designated use.
"Department" means the Department of Environmental Quality.
"Ground water quality standards" means provisions of state law that consist of a designated use or uses for the waters of the Commonwealth and water quality criteria for such waters based upon such uses. Ground water quality standards are to protect the public health or welfare, enhance the quality of water and serve the purposes of the State Water Control Law (§ 62.1-44.2 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).
The director or his designee may perform any act of the board provided under this chapter, except as limited by § 62.1-44.14 of the Code of Virginia.