Purpose of Notice: The Director of the Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a public meeting to receive comment on the Small Renewable Wind Energy Permit by Rule Regulation, 9VAC15-40.
Date and Location of Public Meeting: October 18, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Department of Environmental Quality Office located at 629 East Main Street in Richmond, Virginia.
Background: The Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of adopting a regulation establishing a permit by rule for small renewable wind energy projects. The public comment period on the proposal closed on August 20, 2010, and an additional, informal comment period on a revised staff draft closes on October 5, 2010. Additional information on the regulatory action, including the original proposal, is available at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewaction.cfm?actionid=3089
. Information on the revised staff draft was announced through the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall on September 3, 2010, and detailed information on the revised staff draft is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/info/wind_notice.html
Public Comment at the Meeting: Prior to final action on the regulation, the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting at which time persons who submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Quality during the established comment periods on the proposal or the revised staff draft may address the Director. At the meeting those persons are allowed up to 5 minutes to respond to the summary of comments provided to the Director. New information will not be accepted at the meeting. The Director expects comments and information on the regulatory action to be submitted during the established public comment periods. However, the Director recognizes that in rare
instances new information may become available after the close of the public comment periods. To provide for consideration of and ensure the appropriate review of this new information, persons who participated during the prior public comment periods shall
submit the new information to the Department of Environmental Quality (Department) staff contact listed below by October 14, 2010. If the Director decides that the new information was not reasonably available during the prior public comment periods, is significant to the Director's decision and should be included in the official file, an additional public comment period may be announced by the Department in order for all interested persons to have an opportunity to consider and provide comment on the new information. In addition, the Director reserves the right to alter the time limitations set forth in this policy without notice, limit presentation of repetitive material and ensure comments presented at the meeting conform to this policy. (The full policy is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/regulations/deqregulations.html
Final Decision: The Director's final decision on the adoption of the regulation will occur at some time after the public meeting.