DEQ recently released for public comment draft consent special orders (draft orders) for 57 poultry facilities on the Eastern Shore. The draft orders address each facility’s withdrawal of groundwater. Due to the number of draft orders released for public comment, DEQ will hold an informational briefing on the Eastern Shore on August 22, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Arcadia High School (8210 Lankford Highway, Oak Hall, Virginia 23416).
DEQ will present information on proposed actions to address the groundwater withdrawals through the draft orders in the short term and through any future permitting activities for each of the withdrawals in the long term. DEQ staff will also discuss the different processes and opportunities for public comment for both the draft orders and any future permitting actions. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, however, questions and comments made during this informational briefing will not be part of the official public comment record.
Following the informational briefing, an additional public comment period for the draft orders will be offered to allow interested persons to submit new or additional comments on the draft orders. The public comment period will start on August 23, 2018 and will end on August 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM.
Comments or questions regarding the draft orders or the additional public comment period should be submitted to Mr. Lee Crowell, Enforcement Operations Manager, at Lee.Crowell@deq.virginia.gov or at P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia, 23218. Questions regarding the informational briefing should be directed to Mr. Ryan Green at Ryan.Green@deq.virginia.gov or at P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia, 23218.