Mike Rogge

Meeting on State Water Quality Fees

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, Oct. 28, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has been contemplating moving toward a tiered fee approach for water quality fees under the stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP). Board members and staff believe a tiered approach would be more equitable for permittees.

Until the latest IGP update they had not been able to do so, however, because they hadn’t been collecting sufficient data from permittees to help define the tiers. In this regard, the new IGP contains a requirement to include a facility’s acreage total when certifying for coverage under the IGP. Staff believes this will be helpful in moving toward a tiered approach that could conceivably focus the tiers on acreage used for industrial operations that would – in theory – correspond with the level of threat, complexity and staff time to review permits and conduct site visits.

SWRCB sees the biggest challenge to such an effort being that a tiered approach will inevitably require some permittees to pay more – an issue that halted any movement on such an approach previously. Ultimately, they intend to work towards finding a path forward for Fiscal Year 2016-17.

SWRCB staff would like to discuss this approach with the broader industrial community and obtain feedback. They have agreed to come to CMTA’s office for a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10 a.m. in the large conference room. If you have an interest and cannot attend in person, pleased contact Marisa Hull at MHull@cmta.net for a call-in number and password.

 

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