Proposed Virginia Air Permit Program Fees
Posted: July 14th, 2017Author: All4 Staff
Title V of the Clean Air Act (Title V) requires that states develop operating permit programs funded by fees paid by owners or operators of major stationary sources regulated under the programs. Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board (Control Board) recently reviewed the fees associated with the state’s Title V operating permit program and is proposing to increase base emissions fees and update the emissions fee calculation methodology for this program (Proposed regulation can be found here). The following changes are being proposed:
- The annual fee for calendar year 2018 emissions will be $73.01 per ton of actual emissions, which represents an 18% increase over current rates.
- The annual fee for calendar year 2019 emissions will be $83.96 per ton of actual emissions, which represents a 15% increase over the new 2018 rate.
- The annual emissions fee for calendar years after 2019 will be based on the change in Consumer Price Index between the calendar year for which emissions rates are being calculated and the preceding calendar year applied to the fee for the preceding calendar year.
On July 6, 2017, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes. The proposed update is currently open to public comments, but the July 28, 2017 deadline for comments is fast approaching. If you have any questions about this proposed regulation change, or need assistance with the preparation of public comments, please contact us.