Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities (formerly Part XIV, 4VAC50-60) [9 VAC 25 ‑ 880]
Action Amend and Reissue the General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 6/7/2013
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6/6/13  9:06 am
Commenter: Justin Doyle, James River Association

Comment on Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations (4VAC50-60)

Runoff from construction sites contributes to unhealthy river and stream conditions. For the past three years - permitted construction sites in Virginia have been required to make publicly accessible Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) - a working document of construction site water quality assurances and strategies. Agency inspectors cannot be everywhere so informed citizens play a critical role in making sure SWPPP's are followed. The general permit for construction in Virginia is now up for scheduled renewal - and the state is under pressure to permanently extinguish the public's right to access to these plans.  JRA believes that disabling the public's ability to know and respond appropriately to water quality threats in their own community is not in the best interest of improved James River water quality.

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