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Former Three Chopt supervisor named to 2 state boards


Former Three Chopt District Supervisor Tommy Branin

Former Three Chopt District Supervisor Tommy Branin has been appointed to two state boards by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

Branin, who served two terms on the Henrico Board of Supervisors before losing in November to challenger Misty Whitehead, was named to the State Water Control Board and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission last week.

Branin is the vice president of national and international distribution for his family’s company, Colonial Construction Materials, Inc.

The State Water Control Board is a seven-member board that also includes one other Glen Allen resident, former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore. The board is responsible for administrating the Virginia Water Control Law. It adopts regulations and considers special orders resolving violations of its regulations and permits that have had a related public hearing. Day-to-day administration of the board’s programs is delegated to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The board hosts a minimum of four meetings annually.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission operates programs to improve water quality in the Ohio River and its tributaries, including setting waste water discharge standards; performing biological assessments; monitoring for the chemical and physical properties of the waterways; and conducting special surveys and studies. ORSANCO also coordinates emergency response activities for spills or accidental discharges to the river, and promotes public participation in programs, such as the Ohio River Sweep. It was established in 1948 to represent eight affected states and the federal government.

Including Branin, the commission currently counts three representatives each from Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, New York and Ohio and two apiece from Illinois and Pennsylvania and three federal representatives.

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