Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Guidance Document Information
Title Civil Enforcement Manual - Chapter 4 - Civil Charges and Civil Penalties
Document ID CEM-07
Summary Civil charges and civil penalties are authorized by the Virginia Code to penalize noncompliance, to serve as an incentive against future noncompliance, and support DEQ’s mission “to protect the environment of Virginia in order to promote the health and well-being of the Commonwealth's citizens.” This chapter sets out the specific procedure and criteria used by DEQ to calculate civil charges and civil penalties in administrative enforcement actions, including: (1) orders issued by consent; (2) special orders issued after an informal fact finding proceeding; and (3) special orders issued after a formal hearing. This chapter does not address civil charges and civil penalties assessed in the “Air Check Virginia” Program, which is under separate guidance. Nor does this chapter address the procedure to calculate civil penalties in judicial proc
Effective Date 12/31/2021
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Explanation or Citations Chapter 4 sets out the specific criteria used by the Department to calculate appropriate civil charges and civil penalties in administrative actions.

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This guidance supersedes Chapters 2 through 4 (last updated in November 2016) and Chapter 6 (various portions last updated 1999, 2007, and 2016) of the DEQ Civil Enforcement Manual on Virginia Regulatory Town Hall (ID: 4012, CEM-01, CEM-04, CEM- 05, CEM-06, CEM-07, CEM-10, CEM-11, CEM-11A, and CEM-.... 10/25/2021 Forum ended on 11/24/2021 with 0 Comments.
This guidance supersedes the current Chapter 4 of the DEQ Civil Enforcement Manual (Virginia Regulatory Town Hall ID: CEM-03 and CEM-07). A summary of the changes are as follows: (1) A section was added for natural gas pipelines greater than 36 inches inside diameter to provide civil charge/penalty .... 10/26/2020 Forum ended on 11/25/2020 with 0 Comments.

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