2002 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Item 376 #1s

Item 376 #1s

Natural Resources
Natural Resources, Secretary of

Page 290, line 8, before "The", insert "A.".
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"B.  The Secretary of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality shall develop a long-term plan to adequately fund the department's water, waste and hazardous waste regulatory programs.  In developing the plan, the Secretary shall include representatives from local governments, private sector organizations and the public.  The plan's objective is to develop a financial strategy for the programs that will protect the public and maintain state primacy in environmental matters delegated to Virginia by the federal government.  The plan shall address, but not be limited to these factors: (1) the likelihood of additional general fund resources for environmental activities; (2) projected workloads in the various environmental regulatory programs; (3) cost containment strategies in regulatory management through increased reliance upon technology; and (4) changes to federal environmental policies and funding practices.  The plan shall be submitted to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 6, 2002."

(This amendment directs the Secretary of Natural Resources and DEQ to develop a funding plan for the General Assembly that ensures state primacy in environmental programs delegated by the federal government to Virginia.)