State waters; unlawful discharge of deleterious substance into waters. (HB977)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Discharge of deleterious substance into state waters; notice. Requires any person who unlawfully discharges any deleterious substance into state waters to notify the State Water Control Board (the Board), the Department of Environmental Quality (the Department), or the coordinator of emergency services of the affected locality within 12 hours. Current law allows such a person 24 hours to give notice. The bill also requires that written notice follow to the Board, in addition to the Department, and specifies that the required report of potentially detrimental discharges by the Board or the Department to local newspapers, television stations, and radio stations be provided to such media outlets as soon as practicable after receiving it. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102493D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/25/2016Assigned to sub: Chesapeake
01/25/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/28/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB977)
02/04/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
02/10/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Read first time
02/12/2016Passed by for the day
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2016Engrossment refused by House (37-Y 56-N)
02/15/2016VOTE: ENGROSSMENT REFUSED (37-Y 56-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB581.