- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Latest on a state water quality permit decision for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A panel of Virginia environmental regulators has granted a conditional permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline contingent on getting more information about the project’s water quality impacts.

The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve a key Clean Water Act permit. The board is charged with determining whether there is reasonable assurance water along the route won’t be contaminated during construction.

Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden says the permit won’t take effect until several additional studies are reviewed and approved by the department. They include an erosion and sediment control plan and a stormwater management plan.

Pipeline spokesman Aaron Ruby says the vote is a “major step toward final approval.” He says the company will work closely with DEQ to complete all remaining approvals “in a timely manner and ensure we meet all conditions of the certification.”

Many opponents characterized the decision as a partial victory because it subjects the project to further scrutiny.

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6:30 a.m.

State regulators will soon decide whether to grant a key approval to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Virginia State Water Control Board will meet for a second day Tuesday to consider whether to issue a water quality certification for the natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. An executive of Dominion Energy, the pipeline’s lead developer, has also said the project could expand into South Carolina.

The board is charged with determining whether there is “reasonable assurance” water along the route won’t be contaminated during construction.

Dominion insists the pipeline can be built safely. Opponents say it will degrade water quality.

The board issued a certification last week for the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline, which would cross western Virginia.


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