Amendments to water quality fee rules

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is planning amendments to rules governing water quality fees (Minn. R. chapters 7002 and 7083). Planned rule amendments would revise permit application fees, additional fees, and annual fees. This includes fees for municipal wastewater and industrial wastewater permits, municipal stormwater permits, feedlot permits, and subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) tanks and licensing. The amendments would also change the implementation of variance fees.

A second Request for Comments on this rulemaking was published in the State Register on January 27, 2020. The MPCA specifically requested comments on the fee concepts provided in the water fees rule concept document available below. A copy of the notice and comments received are available below under rulemaking documents.    

The MPCA held four stakeholder meetings during the Request for Comment public comment period to share information about fee revisions and the intent of this rulemaking. The presentation for the meetings is available below.

Next steps

The MPCA appreciates the input we received in response to the Request for Comments and will carefully review and consider all comments provided. The next step will then be to begin drafting rule language and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness document.   

The MPCA will continue to provide updates in the coming months on the status of our efforts and future opportunities for public input. Please check back to this web page for information and updates, and sign up for e-mails about this rulemaking through GovDelivery.

Background

Water quality fees have not kept pace with costs, so the current fees authorized in rule for water-related permitting do not generate sufficient revenue to administer the associated water quality programs. The MPCA plans to revise fees so that they reflect the agency’s costs to administer state and federal requirements associated with the fee-based water quality programs that protect the state’s water resources. Revised fees are also needed to distribute permit costs equitably across affected permittees. The fees charged across programs are inconsistent, and some regulated parties cover more of their program’s costs than others.

The first Request for Comments on this rulemaking was published in the State Register on June 26, 2017. The MPCA specifically requested comment on the subject of the rules in the Request for Comments, and on the fact sheet for public input. An informational meeting on this rulemaking was held on July 24, 2017, at the MPCA’s St. Paul office and six regional offices via video conference. The notice, comments received, meeting presentation, and fact sheets are available below under rulemaking documents.

After considering the comments received in response to this Request for Comments, the MPCA Commissioner formed the Water Fee Advisory Committee in late 2017.

Rulemaking documents

March 2020

June 2017


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Schedule

This is a tentative schedule.

Task

Date(s)

Publish Request for Comments

June 26, 2017. The MPCA held a video conference to share information on this rulemaking July 24, 2017, at MPCA’s St. Paul and regional offices.

Informal public engagement

Summer 2019 - Spring 2020
Publish 2nd Request for Comments

January 27, 2020. The MPCA held stakeholder meetings during the public comment period for this Request for Comments on Feb. 5, Feb. 6, Feb. 10, and Feb. 13, 2020.

Draft the rule language / statement of need and reasonableness (SONAR)

March - May 2020

Public comment period on proposed rules / Notice of Hearing

To be determined

Adoption of rules with a hearing

Approximate time 6 months after Notice of Hearing

 

Related materials

Minnesota statutes

Minnesota rules

Contacts

For questions about rule process: Mary H. Lynn, 651-757-2439