Virginia LCV responds to recommendations to improve DEQ

For Immediate Release:
Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |


RICHMOND – Today, the Secretary of Natural Resources released his final report in response to Executive Order 6 calling for ways to strengthen and improve the Department of Environmental Quality when it comes to transparency, environmental enforcement, permitting, and environmental justice.

In response to this report, Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, offered the following statement:

“This report is definitely progress, but as it makes perfectly clear, there is a lot of work ahead of us to see this vision through and to rebuild and retool DEQ into a stronger, more effective and impactful agency.

Many of the ambitious goals laid out here will require legislative action. This begins first and foremost with restoring funding for DEQ, which has seen its budget, staff size, and enforcement capability shrink significantly in recent years.

We are committed to breaking the current logjam at the General Assembly and electing lawmakers who will let DEQ do its job, put environmental protection and equity first, and hold polluters accountable.”


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