2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hawkins
Waste Water Treatment Plant Fees

Item 385 #1s

Item 385 #1s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Natural Resources
Environmental Quality, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $258,866 GF

Page 369, line 38, strike "$35,764,296" and insert "$36,023,162".
Page 370, after line 44, insert:
"E.  Out of this Item, $258,866 the second year from the general fund shall be used by the Director to waive, reduce or forgive the annual VPDES Permit Program Maintenance Fee due either October 1, 2004 or October 1, 2005 for any municipal waste water treatment of drinking water treatment system, whether privately or publicly owned, that is a Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit holder with a discharge limit of less than 2 million gallons per day, that paid permit application fees between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2004 and that demonstrates to the Director that payment of the fee would cause a financial hardship based upon facility revenue or available funds.  The funds appropriated for this purpose shall be allocated on a pro rata basis for the waiver, reduction or forgiveness of annual maintenance fees for permit holders that meet the criteria of this section.  In order to be considered, written requests and the information demonstrating financial hardship must be submitted to the Director by July 1, 2005."

(This amendment provides $258,866 GF to addresses a transition issue created when DEQ implemented a new fee structure. The new fee schedule did not result in a net increase for most facilities. However, some smaller operations did not have sufficient time to prepare for the change. The amendment sets up a process for the agency to review these hardships and to waive, reduce or forgive the amounts due.)