Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Office of Environmental Impact Review and Federal Consistency
Environmental Impact Review and Federal Consistency
Project Description as Proposed:
The following activities will be performed as part of this project:
Conduct federal consistency reviews of activities which can affect Virginia's coastal uses and resources pursuant to the CZMA and the federal consistency regulations.
Coordinate Virginia's review of environmental documents for development of federal and state facilities and actions which require federal approvals or assistance.
Revise and update Virginia's EIR and federal consistency manuals and information packages as necessary.
Provide interpretation of federal consistency requirements to federal agencies, applicants for federal permits, approvals, or funding, and consultants preparing consistency determinations or certifications.
Provide technical assistance to state reviewers and local government officials on the use of federal consistency and conduct group trainings if there are opportunities to do so at workshops sponsored by other agencies such as the Department of General Services and other natural resources agencies.
Maintain and update the EIR/Federal Consistency website.
Ensure public participation in the review of federal consistency documents to include publishing notices of consistency reviews in appropriate media such as local newspapers and holding public hearings when necessary; and
Conduct site visits as necessary.
Ellie Irons, 804.698.4325; Ellie.Irons@deq.virginia.gov
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010; Project completed
Final Product Received:
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
During FY 2009, the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Environmental Impact Review/Federal Consistency (OEIR) reviewed 222 development projects and management plans located in Tidewater for consistency with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP). Total number of projects reviewed in Tidewater represents 79% of the 280 projects reviewed statewide. Twenty-eight of these projects in Tidewater were major state projects (13%) and 194 were federal activities (87%). Federal projects reviewed include 25 US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mortgage insurance projects (submitted as a residual category of 15 CFR 930.31(c)), and 4 projects using HOME TCAP (federal stimulus) funding from HUD. At HUD’s request, DEQ agreed to review and respond to these federally-funded private development activities in the state’s coastal zone. Based on the Commonwealth’s federal consistency purview, three federal agency projects were modified by the proponent federal agencies in order to be consistent with the coastal lands management and the wetlands enforceable policies of the VCP (exclude projects requiring federal licenses or permits which were modified during the joint permit review process).
OEIR staff attended the second meeting of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) Virginia Task Force held in Williamsburg. This inter-governmental task force includes local, state, tribal, and federal stakeholders working to facilitate the commercial leasing process for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) renewable energy development off the Virginia shore. The meeting discussion focused on identifying potential lease blocks on the Virginia OCS for the development of renewable energy alternatives; specifically the production of electricity from wind turbines. The OEIR routinely responds to the public on federal consistency issues. The federal consistency information package was revised during FY09 to reflect changes in the federal consistency regulations. OEIR continues to maintain a webpage for Federal Consistency for the Commonwealth. This site includes the Commonwealth's federal consistency information package, a project list with project descriptions and public notices of federal consistency reviews and can be accessed through DEQ's main website
. Several federal and state agencies have direct links to the OEIR web page. Training: During FY09, all of OEIR staff provided one-on-one training on federal consistency matters to many individuals from several state and federal agencies as well as consultants on a regular basis. A federal consistency fact sheet and the revised consistency information package are available online. No training was provided to larger groups attending workshops.
Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov