Surface & groundwaters; Water Control Board impose penalty when failure to report water withdrawal. (HB696)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), and Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Reporting of water withdrawals.  Authorizes the State Water Control Board to impose a civil penalty, not to exceed $1,000, upon any person who fails to register and report certain water withdrawal information. However prior, to determining whether a civil penalty should be assessed, the Board is required to give the permit holder 60 days to come into compliance with the reporting requirement. A violator also has the option of entering into a consent agreement with the Board and pay a civil charge that could be less than the $1,000 penalty. Any person who withdraws more than one million gallons in any single month for crop irrigation or who withdraws during any single month a daily average 10,000 gallons per day is required to be registered and report the amount of his withdrawals. The revenue generated from the civil penalties and charges will be deposited in a special fund that can be used solely to fund the Department of Environmental Quality's water supply planning responsibilities. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2010Committee
01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100199D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB696)
02/03/2010Continued to 2011 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources