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PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit modification from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow an increased surface water withdrawal from the James River in Henrico County, Virginia.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: For 30 days, starting from the day after the notice is in the newspaper.

PERMIT NAME: Virginia Water Protection Permit issued by DEQ, under the authority of the State Water Control Board.

APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT NUMBER: Henrico County, P.O. Box 90775, Henrico, Virginia 23273-0775. VWP Permit Modification Number 88-0898.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Henrico County has applied for a permit modification for the James River water supply intake project, approximately 2.4 miles upstream of the Huguenot Bridge, in Henrico County. The permit modification will revise the existing permit reissued in 2006 to allow the applicant to increase the maximum daily surface water withdrawal from 80 million gallons to 132 million gallons and the maximum annual surface water withdrawal from 16.47 billion gallons to 27.45 billion gallons in conjunction with storage in the Cobbs Creek Reservoir in Cumberland County, Virginia. The proposed modification also updates mandatory water conservation measures in accordance with local ordinance. No impacts to wetlands or streams will occur as a result of the permit modification. DEQ's preliminary decision is to approve the permit modification.

HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing by e-mail, fax, or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester. A request for public hearing must also include: 1) The reason why a public hearing is requested; 2) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester or of those represented by the requester, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit modification; and 3) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. A public hearing may be held, including another comment period, if public response is significant, based on individual requests for a public hearing, and if there are substantial, disputed issues relevant to the permit.

CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Brenda Winn, DEQ, Office of Water Supply, POB 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone: (804) 698-4516; email: brenda.winn@deq.virginia.gov; fax: (804) 698-4032. Street address for private carrier deliveries: DEQ, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The public may review the draft permit modification and request for modification at the DEQ office named above by appointment.