Effects on fee payers

The MPCA is proposing to raise its fees to cover 30% of the cost of administering its water regulatory programs. How would fees change in each program as a result?

Municipal wastewater

Currently, fee revenue covers 23% of the cost of the municipal wastewater program. The total cost of the program is approximately $8,133,448 (five-year average). Bringing in 30% of the program cost ($2,440,035) would require the fee amounts indicated in the far right column below.

Table showing fee changes for municipal wastewater permittees

Industrial wastewater

Currently, fee revenue covers 26% of the cost of the industrial wastewater program. The total cost of the program is approximately $4,596,398 (five-year average). Bringing in 30% of the program cost ($1,378,919) would require the fee amounts indicated in the far right column below.

Table showing fee increases for industrial wastewater permitees

Wastewater variances

Industrial and municipal wastewater permittees pay a fee when they request a variance from their permit. Under the proposed changes, the previously flat fee for all permittees would be change to a tiered structure where the fee is based on the size of the wastewater facility. The MPCA also will no longer waive fees for chloride variances, as it did under its previous administration.

Chart showing fee changes for wastewater variances

Municipal stormwater

Currently, all municipalities, whether their population is 1,000 or 100,000, pay a flat $400 application fee every five years. This fee revenue covers 1% of the cost of the municipal stormwater program, which is approximately $2,909,391 (five-year average). To bring in 30% of the program cost ($872,817) and more equitably distribute permit fees, the MPCA has developed a proposed tiered, annual fee structure for the municipal stormwater program.

Table showing the fee increases for municipal stormwater permittees

Subsurface sewage treatment (septic) systems

Currently, fee revenue covers 25% of the cost of the septic system program. The total cost of the program is approximately $2,832,763 (five-year average). Bringing in 30% of the program cost ($849,829) would require the fee amounts indicated in the far right column below.

Table showing increases in septic system related fees

Feedlots

Currently, fee revenue covers 20% of the cost of the feedlot program. The total cost of the program is approximately $3,217,592 (five-year average). Bringing in 30% of the program cost ($965,278) would require the fee amounts indicated in the far right column below.

Table showing the fee increases for feedlot permittees

Construction stormwater

Currently, fee revenue covers 43% of the cost of the construction stormwater program. The total cost of the program is approximately $1,650,396 (five-year average). Because fees pay more than 30% of the program cost, the MPCA's proposal would not change fee amounts for construction stormwater.

Industrial stormwater

Currently, fee revenue covers 71% of the cost of the industrial stormwater program. The total cost of the program is approximately $1,003,490 (five-year average). Because fees pay more than 30% of the program cost, the MPCA's proposal would not change fee amounts for industrial stormwater.

Other fees

As part of the proposal development, the MPCA has discussed the fees it charges for salt applicator training and environmental review. Those fees will not be changed by this rulemaking. The agency will pursue a new fee to cover the cost of salt applicator training via statute, but is not considering increasing fees for environmental review at this time.