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REMINDER: Important Webinar Announcement – PA DEP Safe Drinking Water Chapter 109 Revisions – December 8, 10:00am

All,

 

On November 14, 2016, the DEP presented a “pre-draft” version of its general update to Chapter 109 (Safe Drinking Water), which also includes a fee package (annual and permit), to the Small Water System Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).  Below are links to the relevant documents that DEP shared with the TAC.

 

 

With respect to the fee proposal, it:

 

  • Establishes new annual fees and amends existing permit fees.

 

  • DEP wants to fill the funding gap to ensure sufficient program capacity to protect public health, comply with existing environmental laws and regulations, and maintain primacy.

 

  • Fees are intended to cover about 50% of state costs or of $7.5 million.  The remaining funding ($7.7 million) will continue to come from the General Fund.

 

  • Fees will cover technical services; operations; program management, development and administration; and other state costs.
  • The proposed fees are intended to bear a reasonable relationship to the actual cost of providing services.
  • The fees also factor in affordability and equitability.

 

  • Annual fees range from:
  • $250 – $40,000 for CWSs (Community Water System)
  • $50 – $1,000 for NCWSs (Non-community Water System)
  • $1,000 – $2,500 for BVRBs (Bottled, Vended, Bulk Water)

 

  • Increased permit fees:
  • Fees range from $50 – $10,000
  • Fees were determined using a workload analysis.

 

In addition, DEP is proposing a Webinar on December 8, 2016 to obtain early stakeholder input (see below) on the pre-draft Ch. 109 revisions.

 

Webinar: PA DEP Safe Drinking Water Chapter 109 Revisions

 

You are receiving this email because you are a public water system.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting a webinar on December 8th at 10:00 AM to announce pre-draft proposed revisions to Pennsylvania’s Chapter 109 Safe Drinking Water regulation and obtain early stakeholder input.  The proposed revisions include annual water system fees that impact all public water systems.  DEP will also discuss revisions concerning source water protection, turbidity performance requirements, permit requirements, design standards, and water system resiliency. 

 

The revisions were presented to the Technical Assistance Center Board for Small Water Systems (TAC) on November 14, 2016, which you may review at the TAC website:

http://www.dep.pa.gov/PublicParticipation/AdvisoryCommittees/WaterAdvisory/TAC/Pages/default.aspx

 

To attend the webinar, click on “Add to Calendar” now or click the meeting link on December 8th (there is not a pre-registration)

 

Chapter 109 Revisions Webinar

Thursday, December 8, 2016

10:00 am  |  1 hr

Meeting number (access code): 643 542 790

Meeting password: JcQPps$3

 

When it’s time, join the meeting

Or click the direct link: https://copa.webex.com/copa/j.php?MTID=m0e6259f87d947774956e67420c2437f0

Join by Phone: 1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

 

If you are unable to view the webinar on December 8th a recording will be made available on the Safe Drinking Water Regulation page:
http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Water/BureauSafeDrinkingWater/DrinkingWaterMgmt/Regulations/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

As you may recall, DEP pushed for a similar fee package in 2010, but the incoming Corbett administration put it on the shelf.  However, with the state having budget problems and the DEP’s budget being cut to the point that state primacy for the drinking water program is in jeopardy, it may be much harder to stop a fee package this go around.  DEP is trying to develop a fee package that is “fair, equitable, and affordable” (as a cost per person, which is why they have based it upon population served) and is open to suggestions. 

 

Finally, DEP intends to go back to TAC sometime in January to further discuss the “pre-draft,” and then move ahead with a “draft” rulemaking before the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) in March.  If you have any comments, you need to get them to the TAC representatives before the likely January 2017 TAC meeting.

 

 

Erik A. Ross

Associate

Milliron & Goodman Government Relations, LLC.

200 North 3rd Street

Suite 1500

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone:  717-232-5322

Cell:  717-574-3963

erik@millirongoodman.com

 

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