Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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3/17/23  1:08 pm
Commenter: Peter and Margaret Gill

Data Center Diesel Generators

We strongly oppose the proposed variance that would allow backup use of diesel generators by data centers in Loudoun County, even though the variance no longer includes Prince William and Fairfax Counties.

To quote the DEQ website, "DEQ's Mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth's citizens, residents and visitors in accordance with applicable laws and regulations."

"DEQ's Vision is that all Virginians enjoy cleaner water, better air quality and the productivereuse of land that was once contaminated."

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors, in its headlong rush to approve a massive data center complex in an environmentally sensitive and populated area, is already running roughshod over the DEQ's mission and vision.  A variance allowing use of diesel generators in Loudoun County will likely be viewed as precedent-setting, encouraging them to seek a DEQ revisit and approval of a Prince William variance as well. And that, of course, would open the floodgates for other Virginia localities where data center proposals are already cropping up.

The widespread data center footprint currently in place or envisioned for Northern Virginia will damage air quality, water quality, the environment and quality of life in general.  Adding proliferation of diesel generators will only make matters worse in terms of noise and air pollution (including carbon monoxide).

We strongly urge the DEQ to take a firm stand against the Loudoun variance and stop this environmental menace in its tracks.  In short, simply adhere to your own mission and vision.


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