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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 900. Certification of Nonpoint Source Nutrient Credits
12/1/2021

9VAC25-900-320. Certificate of deposit.

A. An owner may satisfy the requirements of this chapter, wholly or in part, by obtaining a certificate of deposit and assigning all rights, title, and interest in the certificate of deposit to the department, conditioned so that the owner shall perform the applicable monitoring, operation, and maintenance or repair or replacement for the practices utilized by the nutrient credit-generating project. The issuing institution shall be an entity that has the authority to issue certificates of deposit in the Commonwealth of Virginia and whose operations are regulated and examined by a federal agency or the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The owner must submit the originally signed assignment and the originally signed certificate of deposit, if applicable, to the department.

B. The owner shall compare the cost estimate with the amount of the certificate of deposit:

1. Annually, at least 60 days prior to the anniversary date of the initial approval by the department of the release of credits for exchange. If the amount of the certificate of deposit is less than the amount of the cost estimate, the owner shall, by the anniversary date of the initial approval by the department of the release of credits for exchange, increase the amount of the certificate of deposit so that its value at least equals the amount of the cost estimate, or obtain other financial assurance as specified in this part to cover the difference. If the amount of the certificate of deposit is greater than the total amount of the cost estimate, the owner may submit a written request to the director for permission to withdraw funds from the certificate of deposit to the amount of the cost estimate; and

2. Whenever the cost estimate changes. If the amount of the certificate of deposit is less than the amount of the new cost estimate, the owner shall, within 60 days of the change in the cost estimate, increase the amount of certificate of deposit so that its value at least equals the amount of the new estimate or obtain other financial assurance as specified in this part to cover the difference. If the amount of the certificate of deposit is greater than the total amount of the cost estimate, the owner may submit a written request to the director for permission to withdraw funds from the certificate of deposit to the amount of the cost estimate.

C. The owner shall be entitled to demand, receive, and recover the interest and income from the certificate of deposit as it becomes due and payable as long as the market value of the certificate of deposit used continues to at least equal the amount of the current approved cost estimate.

D. The department shall cash the certificate of deposit if the owner has failed to monitor, operate, and maintain or repair or replace, as applicable, the practices utilized by the nutrient credit-generating project in accordance with this chapter and the nutrient credit certification. The department shall use the funds from the certificate of deposit to pay for the performance of monitoring, operation, and maintenance or repair and replacement, as applicable, of the practices utilized by the nutrient credit-generating project.

E. The department shall return the original assignment and certificate of deposit, if applicable, to the issuing institution for termination when:

1. The owner substitutes acceptable alternate evidence of financial assurance as specified in this part; or

2. The department notifies the owner that the owner is no longer required by this part to maintain evidence of financial assurance.

F. The assignment shall be worded as described in 9VAC25-900-350, except that instructions in parentheses shall be replaced with the relevant information and the parentheses deleted.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.19:20 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2020.

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