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Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Petition 394
Petition Information
Petition Title Regulate commercial fishing vessel pump water as a point source pollutant
Date Filed 7/21/2023    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Andy Cortez 
Petitioner's Request

On July 12, 2023, the Department of Environmental Quality received Andy Cortez’s petition to the State Water Control Board (Board) to regulate commercial fishing vessel pump water as a point source pollutant due to vacuum pump water containing dissolved organic matter, including nitrogen, phosphorous, suspended solids, and high BOD. Mr. Cortez states in the petition that the discharge is not in compliance with § 62.1-44.2, § 62.1-44.5.9A.1.3, 9VAC25-31-50.A.1 or 9VAC25-31-50.A.2. Mr. Cortez formally requests that the Board amend the existing Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit Regulations, 9VAC25-31 or develop a new regulation.

Agency's Plan

A 21-day public comment period is being announced in the Virginia Register of Regulations. Upon completion of the public comment period, the State Water Control Board will consider the petition at a future meeting and decide whether or not to move forward with the rulemaking.

Comment Period Ended 9/4/2023
Agency Decision Pending    

Contact Information
Name / Title: Allan Brockenbrough 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
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