COMMENT PERIOD: January 30, 2011 through March 18, 2011
TYPE OF RESPONSE: Federal Consistency Certification
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is reviewing a federally licensed activity to determine if it is consistent with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP), as approved under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. The coastal area includes the counties of Spotsylvania, Hanover, Caroline and King William. Activities adjacent to the coastal area, such as those in Louisa County (which borders Lake Anna), are subject to review because they may affect resources or uses in the coastal area.
PURPOSE OF NOTICE:
To invite the public to comment and to attend a public hearing on March 3, 2011 at Louisa County Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (inclement weather date is 3/10/11) as DEQ develops its response to the federal consistency certification. An informal informational session will precede the hearing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
NAME OF AGENCY PROPOSING THE PROJECT:
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the federal licensing agency for the Combined License (COL) application submitted by Dominion Virginia Power Company (Dominion).
Dominion has submitted an application for a COL to the NRC for the construction and operation of the proposed Unit 3 at Dominion’s existing North Anna Power Station (NAPS) in Louisa County near Mineral. The proposed project requires the issuance of a COL from NRC for the construction and operation of the new unit. The project also requires the issuance of permits by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 Clean Water Act and Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act. The Federal Consistency Certification is required under the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act and federal consistency regulations for activities related to the COL and Corps permits.
HOW A DECISION IS MADE:
DEQ’s Office of Environmental Impact Review coordinates the Commonwealth’s review of Federal Consistency Certifications, distributing documents to appropriate state agencies, planning districts, and localities, and providing for public notice and input. Upon consideration of all comments, and in cooperation with other state agencies, DEQ prepares a single state response.
HOW TO COMMENT:
DEQ accepts written comments from the public by U.S. Mail, fax, or e-mail (see below). All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting and be received by DEQ within the comment period. Oral comments submitted at the March 3, 2011 hearing will be recorded by a Court reporter and the resulting transcript will become part of DEQ’s records. The public may review project documents at DEQ’s central office in Richmond (below).
TO REVIEW THE PROJECT DOCUMENTS:
The public may review the documents at DEQ’s central office in Richmond every work day by appointment. Copies of the documents have also been placed in the main libraries of the following counties:
· Louisa County Public Library located at 881 Davis Highway, Mineral, VA 23117;
· C. Melvin Snow Memorial Branch Library located at 8740 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553;
· Orange County Public Library located at 146A Madison Road, Orange, VA 22960;
· Upper King William Branch Library located at 694-J Sharon Road, Sharon Office Park, King William, VA 23086;
· Ladysmith Branch, Caroline County Library located at 7199 Clara Smith Street, Ruther Glen, VA 22546; and
· Hanover Branch Library located at 7527 Library Drive, Hanover, VA 23069.
The documents are also available at the North Anna Nuclear Information Center located at 1022 Haley Drive, Mineral, VA 23117