The Air Quality Bureau is requesting permission from the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) to proceed with rulemaking regarding major source operating permit fees. The proposal is posted on the EPC website. Based on comments provided by the EPC in December, the Notice of Intended Action has five options regarding fees.
Option #1 would establish the Title V fee cap at $65/ton. This fee cap is based on a one year projection of expenditures and emissions levels.
Option #2 would establish a Title V fee cap of $89/ton with a likely fee of $65/ton. This fee cap is based on a five year projection of expenditures and emissions levels.
Option #3 would establish an annual minimum fee of $5,000 and raises the Title V fee cap to $65/ton. Under this option, the $65/ton fee cap is anticipated to be sufficient for two years.
Option #4 would remove the 4,000 ton ceiling on emissions, would reduce the Title V fee to $47/ton, and retain the existing Title V fee cap of $56/ton.
Option #5 would establish pre-construction permit fees for Title V facilities.
This Title V fee calculation spreadsheet provides the 2009 emission data, the assumptions for the 2010 emission data, and the impact of each option on each Title V facility.
If approved by the Commission, an informational meeting will be held February 22 at 10 a.m. at the Air Quality Bureau offices located at 7900 Hickman Road in Windsor Heights. DNR staff will be available to answer questions about the proposed rule revisions.
A public hearing is tentatively scheduled to be held March 11, 2010 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Air Quality Bureau. Comments may be submitted orally or in writing during the public hearing. Please see the notice of intended action on the EPC website for additional details.