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DEQ Rulemaking – Water Quality Fees – Public Comment Period Opens

DEQ is opening the public comment period for a rulemaking addressing water quality permit and onsite fees.

*Summary*

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DEQ proposes the following changes to OAR 340, division numbers 45 and 71:

DEQ proposes rule amendments increasing water quality fees by 3 percent above the fiscal year 2016 fees for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, Water Pollution Control Facility permits, including Water Pollution Control Facility permits specific to Onsite septic systems, and non-permit related fees for the Onsite septic system program.

DEQ is proposing to more clearly identify which current technical activity fee applies to DEQs review of updated environmental management plans required within the conditions of a permit.

Additionally DEQ is proposing to adjust the procedure for setting the effective date of a permit by removing the 20 day waiting period currently allocated to the permittee to request a hearing on the permit before the Environmental Quality Commission.

The Underground Injection Control fees are currently contained in ORS 468B.195 which provides for the Environmental Quality Commission to establish a schedule of fees for the subsurface injection of fluids. DEQ is proposing to perform this action and move the fees into the Oregon Administrative Rules.

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*Public Participation*

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DEQ will accept public comments on this proposed rulemaking until 4 pm on Friday, June 30, 2017.

DEQ will hold a public hearing on this proposed rulemaking at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The hearing will be held at:

DEQ Headquarters

700 NE Multnomah St., Room 1110 (check in with 6th floor reception)

Portland, OR 97232

The public can participate in the hearing in person orby audio teleconference:

Teleconference Call-in Number: 888-363-4734

Teleconference Participant ID: 1910322

Instructions for joining the teleconference: Webinar instructions [ http://www.deq.state.or.us/regulations/docs/participantlinklog.pdf ]

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*Additional Information*

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To view copies of the notice documents, learn more about this rulemaking, and how to submit comments, you can view the rulemaking web page at: Water Quality Permit Fee 2017 [ http://www.oregon.gov/deq/Regulations/rulemaking/Pages/rwqfee2017.aspx ].

If you want to receive future email notices about this rulemaking, you must sign up at: DEQ Govdelivery [ https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDEQ/subscriber/new?pop=t&topic_id=ORDEQ_550 ].

You can also obtain more information about this rulemaking by contacting:

William Knight

503-229-6442

knight.william@deq.state.or.us

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