Details for Public Notice of Environmental Permit
Public Notice Environmental Permit PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the construction of new alignment west of the existing Route 220, impacting multiple wetland and streams in Henry County, Virginia. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: For 30 days, starting from the day after the notice is in the newspaper: OCTOBER 18, 2020 to NOVEMBER 17, 2020. PERMIT NAME: Virginia Water Protection Permit issued by DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT NUMBER: Virginia Department of Transportation, c/o Angel Deem; 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219; VWPP No. 20-1168 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Virginia Department of Transportation has applied for a new individual permit for the Route 220 Martinsville Southern Connector project. The project is located south of the City of Martinsville in Henry County, Virginia. Positioned on the southern border of Virginia, the project area is located approximately 60 miles southeast of the City of Roanoke via Route 220, 30 miles west of the City of Danville via Route 58, and 40 miles north of the City of Greensboro in North Carolina via Interstate 73 and Route 220. The permit will allow the applicant to construct approximately eight miles of a new access-controlled roadway alignment west of existing Route 220. Access would be provided at three new interchanges. A portion of existing Route 220 would be reconstructed for approximately 0.5 miles from the North Carolina state line and would also incorporate access control. The proposed activity would impact of 6.56 acres of surface waters: consisting of 2.0 acres of permanent wetland impacts, 0.30 acre of conversion impacts, 3.31 acres of stream impacts (17,835 linear feet), and 0.95 acre of open water impacts. The activity proposed in the permit will affect Marrowbone Creek in the Roanoke River watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. To compensate for the affected area, the applicant would compensate with 3.68 wetland credits and 20,872 stream credits from a DEQ approved mitigation bank. DEQ's preliminary decision is to issue the permit. HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing by e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester. A request for public hearing must also include: 1) The reason why a public hearing is requested. 2) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester or of those represented by the requestor, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit. 3) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. A public hearing may be held, including another comment period, if public response is significant, based on individual requests for a public hearing, and there are substantial, disputed issues relevant to the permit. CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mackenzie Scott; Central Office, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219; E-mail: Mackenzie.Scott@deq.virginia.gov; Phone: (804) 698-4371. The public may review the draft permit and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed above.