WVDEP waives 401 certification for ACP, will hold public hearings for stormwater permit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has waived the 401 water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, according to a press release Wednesday.

The WVDEP says the decision does not mean that there will be fewer environmental requirements for the ACP, as the 401 certification mirrors special statewide conditions that exist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide permit still in place. The USACE permit leave enforcement of the regulations to federal agencies and would be limited to stream crossings.

The WVDEP will also be holding two public hearings for the ACP’s construction stormwater permit which officials say, if approved, would give the department inspection and enforcement authority along the whole construction corridor.

Those hearings will be held on December 18 at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and December 21 at Pocahontas County High School. Both hearings will begin at 6:00 p.m.

“Combining the West Virginia special conditions in the USACE Nationwide permit with the broader regulatory oversight in the West Virginia pipeline construction stormwater permit will provide for a level of inspection and enforcement on this large project that is not available in any surrounding state,” WVDEP officials stated in a news release.

The WVDEP made the decision in November to waive the 401 water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. To learn more about that decision, you can visit the Related Links.