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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 590. Waterworks Regulations
3/3/2024

12VAC5-590-120. Emergency orders.

A. The commissioner may, pursuant to § 32.1-175 of the Code of Virginia, issue emergency orders in any case where there is an imminent danger to the public health resulting from the operation of any waterworks or the source of a water supply.

B. An emergency order may be communicated by the best practical notice under all the circumstances and is effective immediately upon receipt. The commissioner may order the immediate cessation of the operation of any waterworks or the use of any water supply or the correction of any condition causing the production or distribution of any water constituting an imminent danger to the public health and welfare.

C. Violation of an emergency order is subject to civil enforcement and is punishable as a criminal misdemeanor.

D. Emergency orders shall be effective for a period determined by the commissioner.

E. Emergency orders may be appealed in accordance with the provisions of the APA.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-170 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-18-003.07 § 1.13, eff. August 1, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 9, Issue 17, eff. June 23, 1993; Volume 37, Issue 20, eff. June 23, 2021.

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