2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kilgore
Funding to Address New EPA Criteria on Selenium

Item 119 #2h

Item 119 #2h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Commerce and Trade
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy FY2017 $250,000 FY2018 $0 GF

Page 90, line 17, strike "$29,258,267" and insert "$29,508,267".

Page 91, after line 3, insert:

"G. Out of this appropriation, $250,000 the first year from the general fund shall be provided for the Department, in consultation with the Department of Environmental  Quality, to review the factors in the EPA's national recommended criteria that may require Virginia to develop state specific criteria."


(This amendment includes $250,000 from the general fund the first year in anticipation of the costs that will be incurred by the Department as a result of the federal EPA updating its recommended aquatic life water quality chronic criterion for selenium in freshwater. EPA released a draft updated criterion in July 2015 and accepted public comment until October 30, 2015. EPA is updating the selenium criterion to reflect the latest scientific information, which indicates that selenium toxicity to aquatic life is primarily driven by organisms consuming selenium-contaminated food rather than by direct exposure to selenium dissolved in water.)