Early Estimate of 2017 Air Emission Fees Announced



The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced the estimated value for the 2017 air emission inventory fees.  This value is calculated by dividing the "fee target," or the total dollar amount appropriated by the legislature from the environmental fund to cover the costs of the Air Program, by the total number of tons of all (un-capped) billable pollutants (i.e., nitrogen oxides (NOx), lead, particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than 10 microns (PM10), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOC)) listed in the most recently available annual emission inventory.  The 2017 air fee is based on 2015 billable facility air emissions, and is estimated to be $108 per ton of billable emissions.  However, this value is only an estimate, and is subject to change; invoices will be mailed in the spring of 2017.

This value has increased by approximately 24% from the 2016 air fee of $86.76 per ton.  This increase is due primarily to the decrease in billable facility emissions between 2014 and 2015, despite the fact that the air program appropriation actually decreased 0.5% between the 2016 fee year and the estimated 2017 fee year.

Air emission inventories for the 2017 reporting year are due to the MPCA by April 1, 2017.

For more information on the 2017 air fee, or for assistance in completing an emission inventory for your facility, please contact Shelley Koehn by email or by phone at (651) 275-9900 x8.