On Dec. 12, the Virginia Water Control Board voted 4-3 to approve Section 401 Clean Water Act certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with several important conditions before construction can begin. According to the motion the Board passed:
“This certificate shall be effective only following submission, review, and final approval as required by law of the Karst Mitigation Plan, Annual Standards and Specifications, Stormwater Plans, and Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, and a report to the Board and the public by DEQ on the adequacy of these materials. The Board may consider further actions on the Certification following the review of the DEQ report.”
This conditional approval means construction of the ACP will be delayed until March or later. This is good news since the Braley Pond-Hankey Mountain area was in the first group of segments to be constructed.