VMRC's New Marine "Fast Track" Permit for Disposing of Dredge Spoils
Here’s a link to the regulation the VMRC adopted at the May 28, 2019 meeting that creates a “Fast Track” permit process for disposal of dredge spoils. Delegate Keith Hodges wants to clear the shoaling that blocks channels used by watermen. (He represents counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews and Middlesex, and part of King William County.) Among other initiatives designed to eliminate shoaling, he sponsored legislation requiring the VMRC to adopt a regulation that “fast-tracks” the VMRC permit process for the selection and use of sites in Hampton Roads for disposal of dredge spoils. The legislation was adopted in the 2018 session of the General Assembly. It required VMRC to issue the regulation not later than July 1, 2019. The VMRC’s new “Fast Track” regulation took effect on June 1.