Nutrient offset credits; new and expanding wastewater discharge facilities to acquire. (SB314)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patrons Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), and Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Acquisition of nutrient offset credits. Allows new and expanding wastewater discharge facilities to acquire nutrient offset credits through the Virginia Nutrient Credit Exchange Association (the Association) for a period longer than five years. The bill would also allow such facilities to acquire nutrient offset credits on their land or on contracted land on which best management practices have been implemented that would achieve reductions greater than those currently required by federal or state law or the Watershed Implementation Plan. Any such acquisition would be subject to approval by the State Water Control Board. Under current law, the acquired credits are valid for the duration of the facility's five-year general permit. This bill would remove the five-year limitation and allow the facility seeking the offset credits to negotiate the length of the allocation through the Association. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101628D
01/08/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB314)
02/04/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Committee substitute printed 16105182D-S1
02/08/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Read second time
02/09/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105182D-S1
02/09/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB314S1
02/10/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB314S1)
02/10/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Placed on Calendar
02/12/2016Read first time
02/12/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/17/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2016Read second time
02/19/2016Read third time
02/19/2016Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2016Engrossed by House as amended
02/19/2016Passed House with amendment (97-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/19/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB314ER)
02/24/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB314ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 137 (effective 7/1/16)


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 58 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB448.