Small renewable energy projects; impact on natural resources. (HB206)

Introduced By

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)

Progress

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

Description

Small renewable energy projects; impact on natural resources. Requires, as a condition for a permit by rule for a small energy project, that the applicant conduct an analysis of the beneficial and adverse impacts of the proposed project on natural resources. The bill requires that if the Department of Environmental Quality determines that there will be a significant adverse impact on wildlife, historic resources, prime agricultural soils, or forest lands, the applicant must also submit a mitigation plan with a 90-day public comment period. The bill specifies that a disturbance of more than 10 acres of prime agricultural soils, as defined in the bill, or 50 acres of contiguous forest lands, as defined in relevant law, is deemed to be a significant adverse impact on natural resources. Finally, the bill directs the Department to convene an advisory panel to assist in developing regulations to further develop criteria for determining significant adverse impact on natural resources and guidelines for plans to mitigate such adverse impacts. Read the Bill »

Status

01/10/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee

History

DateAction
01/10/2022Committee
01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101438D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

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