The US EPA works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental laws enacted by Congress. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs, and delegates to states and tribes the responsibility for issuing permits and for monitoring and enforcing compliance. Most of UOSA’s environmental regulatory programs fall under regulations put forth by the US EPA.
OSHA, under the Department of Labor, ensures safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. In Virginia, OSHA’s standards are enforced by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) department. UOSA is the directly regulated by VOSH.
VDAC promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection, and encourages environmental stewardship. VDAC issues UOSA its Agricultural Lime License, which allows UOSA to sell or distribute its lime residual as an agricultural product rather than landfilling it onsite.
The VDCR works to conserve, protect, enhance, and advocate wise use of the commonwealth’s unique natural, historical, recreational, and cultural resources. UOSA’s Final Effluent Reservoir dam is regulated by the VDCR.
DEQ administers state and federal laws and regulations for air quality, water quality, water supply, landfill operations, and waste management. UOSA’s wastewater, stormwater, landfill, petroleum management program, general nutrient permit, air permits, and other programs are regulated by the VDEQ.
The VDCLS is Virginia’s public health and environmental laboratory, performing over 9 million tests annually for state agencies, local governments, federal agencies, and other states. Also under the VDCLS is the Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (VELAP). UOSA’s onsite laboratory is certified under the VELAP.
VOSH is responsible for the enforcement of occupational safety and health standards in Virginia. UOSA is required to follow VOSH standards, as applicable, at all its facilities.
The Mission of the VDH is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia. VDH does not directly regulate wastewater facilities, but UOSA strives to meet most VDH drinking water standards in its final reclaimed water product.