Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Energy
Department of Energy

General Notice
Public Comment Forum for Gold Mining Study
Date Posted: 2/4/2022
Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Submitted to Registrar for publication: NO
266 Day Comment Forum closed. Began on 2/4/2022 and ended 10/28/2022   [165 comments]

The Department of Energy is interested in receiving public comments relative to the gold mining study contemplated by HB2213.  That bill, signed into law on March 30, 2021, directs the Secretariats of Natural and Historic Resources, Health and Human Resources, and Commerce and Trade to establish a work group to study the mining and processing of gold in the Commonwealth.

The work group shall (i) evaluate the impacts of the mining and processing of gold on public health, safety, and welfare in the Commonwealth; (ii) evaluate whether existing air and water quality regulations are sufficient to protect air and water quality in the Commonwealth from the mining and processing of gold, including evaluation of the impacts of different leaching and tailings management techniques on downstream communities; (iii) evaluate whether existing bonding, reclamation, closure, and long-term monitoring of sites for such mining or processing are sufficient; and (iv) report its findings no later than December 1, 2022.

For more information regarding the study, please click here.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Michael Skiffington  / Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Department of Energy
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, 23219-3402
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)692-3212    FAX: (804)692-3237    TDD: (800)828-1120