30 Nov '17, 8pm

Virginia DEQ Wrong; Pipelines Contaminate Clean Water

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently recommended approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The agency recommended that these pipelines receive certification under the Clean Water Act that they will not violate Virginia’s water quality standards. DEQ officials made this recommendation despite the risks to clean water across Virginia, including rivers, streams, drinking water reservoirs, and wetlands. Fortunately, VA DEQ is not the final decisionmaker on these pipelines. That responsibility lies with the Virginia State Water Control Board, which consists of seven Virginia citizens. The Board has the authority to make a certification decision under the Clean Water Act for these pipelines, and can only make a certification if it has “reasonable assurance” that the pipelines would not violate Virginia’s water qu...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/amy-mall/virginia-deq-wrong-...

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