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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 5. State Air Pollution Control Board
Chapter 170. Regulation for General Administration
9/27/2020

9VAC5-170-120. Enforcement of Regulations, Permits, and Orders.

Part V
Enforcement

A. As provided in § 10.1-1186(10) of the Code of Virginia, the director has independent authority to compel compliance with the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, regulations of the board, permits, certifications, and case decisions. However, whenever the director has reason to believe that a violation of any provision of the regulations of the board or a permit or order has occurred, he may serve notice on the suspected violator on behalf of the board, citing the applicable provision of the regulations of the board, permit, or order and the facts on which the suspected violation is based. When acting on behalf of the board, the director may obtain compliance through one of the enforcement proceedings provided in subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection. Thus, the director may act on his own independent authority or on the authority of the board as delegated to him by this chapter.

1. The director may obtain compliance through administrative means. These means may be a variance, order, special order, control program, consent agreement, or another mechanism that requires compliance by a specific date. The means and the associated date shall be determined on a case-by-case basis and shall not allow an unreasonable delay in compliance.

2. The director may obtain compliance through legal means pursuant to § 10.1-1307.3, § 10.1-1316, or § 10.1-1320 of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law.

B. Nothing in this section shall prevent the director from making efforts to obtain voluntary compliance through conference, warning or other appropriate means.

C. Orders, consent orders, delayed compliance orders, special orders, and emergency special orders are considered administrative means, and the board reserves the right to use these means in lieu of or to provide a legal basis for the enforcement of administrative means approved by the director under subsection A of this section.

D. Case decisions regarding the enforcement of regulations, orders, and permits shall be made by the director or board. Case decisions of the director that are made pursuant to a formal hearing (i) may be regarded as a final decision of the board and appealed pursuant to 9VAC5-170-200 D or (ii) may be directly considered by the board as provided in 9VAC5-170-200 G, with the review being on the record and not de novo with opportunity for oral argument. Case decisions of the director that are made pursuant to an informal fact finding (i) may be appealed to the board pursuant to 9VAC5-170-200 A or (ii) may be directly considered by the board according to 9VAC5-170-200 G.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 14, Issue 03, eff. January 1, 1998.

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