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San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) is proposing to amend rules under Regulation III to increase fee rates and schedules associated with regulatory obligations of the District. The proposed fee increases are designed to remedy the District’s ongoing shortfall in revenue. Specifically, the District is proposing to amend the following rules with associated fees: Rule 3010 Permit Fee, Rule 3020 Permit Fee Schedules, Rule 3030 Hearing Board Fees, Rule 3040 Open Burning Fees, Rule 3050 Asbestos Removal Fees, Rule 3060 Emission Reduction Credit Banking Fee, Rule 3070 Other Charges, Rule 3110 Air Toxics Fees, Rule 3120 Regulation VIII Alternative Compliance Plan Review Fee, Rule 3135 Dust Control Plan Fee, Rule 3140 Fees for Certification of Air Permitting Professionals, Rule 3147 Fees for Certification of Gasoline Dispensing Facility Testers, Rule 3150 Fees for Portable Equipment Registration, Rule 3155 Permit-Exempt Equipment Registration Fees, Rule 3160 Prescribed Burning Fee, Rule 3180 Administrative Feesfor Indirect Source Review, and Rule 3190 Conservation Management Practices Plan Fee.

In general, the proposed amendments will increase fees in two stages: first, a 4.8% increase effective on July 1, 2015; and, second, a 4.4% increase effective on July 1, 2016. These increases will not affect hourly fees associated with compensating the District for time spent on various activities (e.g., processing a permit application). Hearing Board fees will be increased in the same manner prescribed above, plus proposed amendments to Rule 3030 would also impose an excess emission fee of $2.50 per pound to each variance with excess emissions. The proposed amendments to Rule 3040 would increase the annual agricultural/open burning fee from $26 to $36 per location, and increase the burn day exemption fee from $36 to $50. Finally, the proposed amendments to Rule 3050 would increase the asbestos removal fees by 37%.

Written comments regarding these proposed amendments are due by March 3, 2015. More information can be found here.