Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
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3/10/23  9:27 am
Commenter: Fairfax Resident

Permits for Data Centers

What are the environmental permits and regulations required for Data Centers and where is this published?  

Given that the citizenry in the atmospheric area are likely to be subject to known asthma-inducing and cardiovascular-impairing particulates from generators due to an energy shortage in the grid, primarily caused by Data Centers, where is the accountability for reporting out the energy usage by this sector?  As part of the DEQ emergency action, for transparency to the public, and to inform future planning decisions related to capacity, all Data Centers, and/or the energy providers, should be required to report out energy usage to the public.

Similarly, a usage that may impact the region’s drinking water supply should also be reported out to the public through the local water companies and data center operators to DEQ.

Generators require Diesel fuel - are they considered “hot spots” and are there any requirements for oil separators or concrete containment curbs for the fuel storage?

Are they subject to the noise ordinances of the localities?


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