VA NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM

The Environmental Integrity Project, the Assateague Coastal Trust, Virginia EasternShorekeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, and Waterkeepers Chesapeake (“Petitioners”) respectfully petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate formal proceedings pursuant to section 1342(c)(3) of the Clean Water Act to withdraw its approval of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s authorized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program and assume administration and enforcement thereof. Petitioners make this request based on the failure of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to comply with EPA’s and the Clean Water Act’s requirements for the implementation and administration of an adequate NPDES program for concentrated
animal feeding operations (CAFOs).