HB 1332 DEQ; authority to issue and enforce permits, etc. related to air and water pollution.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)
Air and Water Boards permit issuance process. Establishes a uniform permit issuance process for the Air Pollution Control Board (Air Board) and the State Water Control Board (Water Board).  After issuing a public notice of a pending permit action, if at least 25 individuals have requested a public hearing and the Director finds that the issues raised are germane to the permit action and are not inconsistent with state or federal laws, a public hearing will be held.  The Director or the two Boards may convene a meeting under an expedited schedule to reconsider the decision of the Director to grant a public hearing.  The meeting may be held electronically if one public forum is available.  The Board is required to act on the permit within 90 days of the close of the comment period unless the applicant agrees to an extension of the time period.  Persons who commented during the public hearing may address the Air and Water Boards at the meeting where final action on the permit will occur. The Board's decision shall contain a written basis for its decision.

The bill also increases membership on the Air Pollution Control Board from five to seven members.  However, the two new members are prohibited from voting on any action related to a permit that is under consideration as of January 1, 2008.  A qualification of the Air Board members is changed so that no member can be a current employee of an entity subject to a permit or enforcement order of the Air Board.  Currently, a majority of the members appointed to the Air Board can represent the public interest and not derive any significant positions of their income from entities subject to permit or enforcement actions.

The qualifications of the membership of the Water Board and the Virginia Waste Management Board are changed to require that the members, by their education, training, or experience, be knowledgeable of water quality or waste management, respectively, and shall be fairly representative of conservation, public health, business, and agriculture. This bill is identical to SB 423 (Puckett).

Full text:
01/09/08  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083242592  pdf | impact statement
02/08/08  House: Committee substitute printed 083279592-H1  pdf | impact statement
03/03/08  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1332ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/17/08  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0557)  pdf

Status:
01/09/08  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083242592
01/09/08  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/25/08  House: Assigned ACNRsub: #2 Natural Resource
02/08/08  House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/08/08  House: Committee substitute printed 083279592-H1
02/09/08  House: Read first time
02/11/08  House: Read second time
02/11/08  House: Committee substitute agreed to 083279592-H1
02/11/08  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1332H1
02/12/08  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/12/08  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/12/08  House: Communicated to Senate
02/13/08  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/08  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/25/08  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
02/26/08  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/27/08  Senate: Read third time
02/27/08  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/08  House: Enrolled
03/03/08  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1332ER)
03/03/08  House: Signed by Speaker
03/04/08  Senate: Signed by President
03/11/08  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 557 (effective 7/1/08)
03/17/08  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0557)