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Regulatory Alert

A Convenient Guide to Regulatory Activity in the Commonwealth

October, 2007

The Regulatory Alert is intended to assist General Assembly members as they keep up with the myriad regulations being proposed by agencies in the Commonwealth. The goal of this project is to provide a timely, simple, and accurate summary of the rules that are being proposed by agencies, boards, and commissions. Highlighting regulations when they are published as "proposed regulations" gives General Assembly members notice that the critical public participation phase of the rulemaking process is well underway. It is during the public participation process that the questions of an Assembly member or constituent may be most effectively communicated to the agency and examined by the individuals crafting the regulatory proposal.

The Regulatory Alert is not intended to be a substitute for the comprehensive information on agency rulemaking activity that is currently published biweekly in the Virginia Register of Regulations or the notification services offered by the Regulatory Town Hall website maintained by the Department of Planning and Budget. It is hoped that the Legislative Record will assist all members as they monitor the development, modification and repeal of administrative rules in the Commonwealth.

Access the Virginia Register of Regulations online at http://legis.state.va.us/codecomm/register/issfiles.htm or contact epalen@leg.state.va.us or the Code Commission staff at (804) 786-3591 for further information.



4VAC50-60. Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations (amending 4VAC50-60-10, 4VAC50-60-1200 through 4VAC50-60-1240).

Public hearings will be held on December 4, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. in Roanoke, VA and December 6, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. in Richmond, VA. Written public comments may be submitted to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board until 5 p.m. on December 14, 2007.

This regulatory action amends the General Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (small MS4s). This action is authorized under the federal Clean Water Act (33 USC §1251 et seq.) and the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (§10.1-603.1 et seq. of the Code of Virginia), and is necessary to update and reissue the general permit, as the current permit expires on December 9, 2007 (coverage under the current permit will be administratively continued until the proposed permit becomes effective provided that current coverage holders submit a registration statement by December 7, 2007). The proposed amendments serve to advance water quality protections to the maximum extent practicable, forward water quality improvements where a wasteload allocation from a TMDL has been assigned to an MS4 prior to the effective date of the permit (unless reopened), provide greater clarity to facility operators as how to administer and improve/advance their MS4 programs, allow for greater consistency in program application between facility operators, and specify sampling protocols and necessary reporting requirements where applicable.

For additional information please contact David C. Dowling, Policy, Planning, and Budget Director, Department of Conservation and Recreation, telephone (804) 786-2291, fax (804) 786-6141, or email david.dowling@dcr.virginia.gov.



9VAC25-640. Aboveground Storage Tank and Pipeline Facility Financial Responsibility Requirements (amending 9VAC25-640-10, 9VAC25-640-20, 9VAC25-640-30, 9VAC25-640-50, 9VAC25-640-70 through 9VAC25-640-120, 9VAC25-640-150 through 9VAC25-640-190, 9VAC25-640-210, 9VAC25-640-220, 9VAC25-640-230, 9VAC25-640-250, Appendices I through IX; repealing 9VAC25-640-130).

A public hearing will be held on November 15, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality, Richmond, VA. Public comments may be submitted to the State Water Control Board until 5 p.m. on December 14, 2007.

The regulation requires operators of regulated petroleum aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and pipeline facilities to demonstrate they have the financial resources available to pay for the costs of containment and cleanup in the event of a release from their tanks. The proposed amendments eliminate the standby trust requirement for third-party mechanisms such as letters of credit and surety bonds, which would have the effect of reducing operators’ cost of compliance without affecting the stringency of the current financial responsibility requirements. Also, several administrative changes are proposed to the regulation that do not affect the regulatory requirements.

For additional information please contact Leslie D. Beckwith, Department of Environmental Quality, telephone (804) 698-4123 or email ldbeckwith@deq.virginia.gov.



10VAC5-40. Credit Unions (adding 10VAC5-40-5, 10VAC5-40-60).

Public comments may be submitted to the State Corporation Commission until 5 p.m. on December 14, 2007. A public hearing will be scheduled upon request.

The proposed regulation establishes the terms and conditions under which state-chartered credit unions may invest in or make loans to credit union service organizations.

For additional information please contact George Latham, Deputy Commissioner, BFI, State Corporation Commission, telephone (804) 371-9698, fax (804)
371-9416, or email george.latham@scc.virginia.gov.



18VAC140-20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work (amending 18VAC140-20-10, 18VAC140-20-40, 18VAC140-20-50, 18VAC140-20-60, 18VAC140-20-105, 18VAC140-20-150, 18VAC140-20-160; adding 18VAC140-20-51; repealing 18VAC140-20-140).

A public hearing will be held on November 14, 2007, at 10 a.m. in Richmond, VA. Written public comment may be submitted to the Board of Social Work until 5 pm o December 28, 2007.

The proposed amendments (i) require registration of supervision by persons preparing for licensure in social work, regardless of the practice setting, to allow for group supervision, and specify the professional training necessary for a licensee to serve as a supervisor; (ii) allow a bachelor’s degree graduate to take the examination for a licensed social worker prior to completing 3,000 hours of work experience; and (iii) revise the standards of professional conduct to update the language, address conduct seen in disciplinary cases, and provide consistency with other behavioral health professions.

For more information please contact Evelyn B. Brown, Executive Director, Board of Social Work, telephone (804) 367-4488, fax (804) 527-4435, or email evelyn.brown@dhp.virginia.gov.

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