Friday, January 27, 2012

DEP Inviting Comments On Noncoal Mining, Dam Safety, Waterways Permit Fees

Proposals to increase fees for Dam Safety and Waterway Management Permits and permits related to noncoal mining were the subject of PA Bulletin notices on January 28.
            The Environmental Quality Board published proposed increases in Dam Safety and Waterway Management Permit fees for public comment.  The proposal would increase fees nearly $8 million--  dam safety ($933,495 increase) and waterway management ($7,052,390 increase).
            The Department of Environmental Protection published notice it is soliciting additional public comments on a proposed rulemaking published in August, 2010 increasing noncoal mining-related permit fees.  The proposal would increase fees $2,475,000 (from $25,000 to $2,500,000 annually).
            DEP in December took action to withdraw proposed Drinking Water permit fee increases adopted by the Environmental Quality Board which would have generated $8.1 million (from $250,000 to $8,385,000 annually).
            Other pending permit fee increases include:
-- Coal Surface Mining Permits: $350,000 (from $50,000 to $400,000 annually); and
-- Air Quality Permits: $7.8 million (from $19,570,000 to $27,408,000 annually).

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