The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board has approved an permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) compressor station.
The air quality permit is a milestone, after the board deferred acting on the permit from November 2018 to December to consider the information provided by the agency, the public and applicant, Atlantic.
At the time, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor said the board “needed extra time to evaluate all of the comments and concerns received from the public before a final decision [was] made”.
ACP is a 966 km gas transmission pipeline being developed by Atlantic – a joint venture lead by Dominion Energy, along with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas – has already signed labor agreements with four building and construction trade unions.
ACP Spokesperson Karl Neddenien said attaining the permit was a significant step forward in gaining final state approval needed in Virginia while strengthening the project’s relationship with the community.
“This permit is the most stringent air permit with the strongest environmental protections of any compressor station in the country,” he said.
“As a result of the permit’s strict conditions and the unprecedented protections we’ve put in place, most air emissions at the station will be 50 to 80 per cent lower than any other compressor station in Virginia.
“While the approval process has concluded, we know we have to continue building trust in the community.
“It will begin with the investments we’re making in a new community centre and rescue squad, but it will not end there.
“We have a profound respect for this community and its history, and we will continue working together to build a better future.”
For more information visit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline website.
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