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Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

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Department of Environmental Quality

Item 377

Item 377

First Year - FY2021Second Year - FY2022
Water Protection (51200)$54,548,086$55,527,820
Water Protection Permitting (51225)FY2021 $12,228,726FY2022 $12,698,476
Water Protection Compliance and Enforcement (51226)FY2021 $8,247,453FY2022 $8,599,703
Water Protection Outreach (51227)FY2021 $2,938,270FY2022 $2,938,270
Water Protection Planning and Policy (51228)FY2021 $8,220,889FY2022 $8,338,623
Water Protection Monitoring and Assessment (51229)FY2021 $15,302,466FY2022 $15,342,466
Water Protection Stormwater Management (51230)FY2021 $7,610,282FY2022 $7,610,282
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2021 $32,048,679FY2022 $33,028,413
SpecialFY2021 $1,919,279FY2022 $1,919,279
Trust and AgencyFY2021 $25,500FY2022 $25,500
Dedicated Special RevenueFY2021 $12,084,183FY2022 $12,084,183
Federal TrustFY2021 $8,470,445FY2022 $8,470,445

Authority: Title 10.1, Chapter 11.1; and Title 62.1, Chapters 2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6, 5, 6, 20, 22, 24, and 25, Code of Virginia.


A. Out of this appropriation, $51,500 the first year and $51,500 the second year from the general fund is designated for annual membership dues for the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.


B.1. The permit fee regulations adopted by the State Water Control Board pursuant to paragraphs B.1. and B.2. of § 62.1-44.15:6, Code of Virginia, shall be set at an amount representing not more than 50 percent of the direct costs for the administration, compliance and enforcement of Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and Virginia Pollution Abatement permits.


2. The regulations adopted by the State Water Control Board to initially implement the provisions of this Item shall be exempt from Article 2 (§ 2.2-4006, et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 2.2, Code of Virginia, and shall become effective no later than July 1, 2010. Thereafter, any amendments to the fee schedule described by these acts shall not be exempted from Article 2 (§ 2.2-4006, et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 2.2, Code of Virginia.


C. Out of the appropriation for this item, $151,500 the first year and $151,500 the second year from the general fund is designated for the annual membership dues for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.


D.1. Notwithstanding § 62.1-44.15:56, Code of Virginia, public institutions of higher education, including community colleges, colleges, and universities, shall be subject to project review and compliance for state erosion and sediment control requirements by the local program authority of the locality within which the land disturbing activity is located, unless such institution submits annual specifications to the Department of Environmental Quality, in accordance with § 62.1-44.15:56 A (i), Code of Virginia.


2. The State Water Control Board is authorized to amend the Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations (9 VAC 25-840 et seq.) to conform such regulations with this project review requirement and to clarify the process. These amendments shall be exempt from Article 2 (§2.2-4006 et seq.) of the Administrative Process Act.


E. Beginning October 1, 2015, there shall be a $3.75 fee imposed on each dry ton of exceptional quality biosolids cake sewage sludge that is land applied pursuant to § 62.1-44.19:3P, Code of Virginia, until such fee is altered, amended or rescinded by the State Water Control Board.


F. The Department shall work in conjunction with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to facilitate the development of long-term offsetting methods within the Virginia Nutrient Credit Exchange as set out in Item 130 of this act.


G. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any Virginia Stormwater Management Program authority is authorized to charge a voluntary fee of $30,000 for review of sites or areas within common plans of development or sale with land-disturbance acreage equal to or greater than 100 acres for an expedited stormwater management program plan review. Any individual or firm electing to pay the voluntary fee shall be guaranteed the total government review time shall not exceed 45 days excluding any applicant's time in responding to questions. Any amounts paid to DEQ above the $9,600 fee shall be used by DEQ to increase the staffing level of the reviewers of these applications.


H. Out of the amounts in this Item, $2,730,601 the first year and $2,730,601 the second year from the general fund is included for the purchase of laboratory and field equipment through the Commonwealth's Master Equipment Leasing Program.