The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, also known as DEQ, administers state and federal laws and regulations for air and water quality and waste management. The department offers technical and financial assistance for air and water quality improvement. It operates more than 5 offices and issues permits, conducts inspections and enforces environmental regulations. The department also develops cleanup plans for streams, rivers and lakes. It issues air quality forecasts and works to restore water quality. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality conducts special studies to investigate environmental contamination and its sources. It oversees cleanups at environmental incidents, such as fuel and chemical spills. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is located in Lynchburg, Va.