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AGENCY:

Delaware River Basin Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

Notice is provided of the Commission's regulatory program fees and schedule of water charges for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. The Commission is also correcting two footnotes in the regulations which cite incorrectly to the applicable CPI data series.

DATES:

This final rule is effective July 1, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elba L. Deck, CPA, Director of Administration and Finance, 609-883-9500, ext. 201.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Delaware River Basin Commission (“DRBC” or “Commission”) is a Federal-interstate compact agency charged with managing the water resources of the Delaware River Basin on a regional basis without regard to political boundaries. Its members are the governors of the four basin states—Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania—and on behalf of the federal government, the North Atlantic Division Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In accordance with 18 CFR 401.43(c), on July 1 of every year beginning July 1, 2017, the Commission's regulatory program fees as set forth in Tables 1, 2, and 3 of that section are subject to an annual adjustment, commensurate with any increase in the annual April 12-month Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Philadelphia published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics during that year. Pursuant to 18 CFR 420.43(c), the same indexed adjustment applies to the Commission's schedule of water charges for consumptive and non-consumptive withdrawals of surface water within the basin. The referenced April 12-month CPI for 2017 showed an increase of 1.27%. Commensurate adjustments are thus required.

This notice is made in accordance with 18 CFR 401.42(c) and 18 CFR 420.42(c), which provide that a revised fee schedule will be published in the Federal Register by July 1. The revised fees also may be obtained by contacting the Commission during business hours or by checking the Commission's Web site.

The Commission is also correcting two footnotes in the regulations which cite incorrectly to the applicable CPI data series as CWURA102SA0. The correct data series number is CUUA102SA0. The regulations are thus incorrect and in need of amendment, as set forth below.

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18 CFR Part 401

  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Project review
  • Water pollution control
  • Water resources

18 CFR Part 420

  • Water supply
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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Delaware River Basin Commission amends parts 401 and 420 of title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations as set forth below:

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PART 401—RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

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1. The authority citation for part 401 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Delaware River Basin Compact (75 Stat. 688), unless otherwise noted.

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Subpart C—Project Review Under Section 3.8 of the Compact

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2. In § 401.43, revise footnote 1 and Tables 1, 2, and 3 to read as follows:

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Regulatory program fees.
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1 Consumer Price Index -U/Series ID: CUURA102SA0/Not Seasonally Adjusted/Area: Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD/Item: All items/Base Period 1982-84=100.

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Table 1 to § 401.43—Docket Application Filing Fee

Project typeDocket application feeFee maximum
Water Allocation$405 per million gallons/month of allocation,1 not to exceed $15,190.1 Fee is doubled for any portion to be exported from the basinGreater of: $15,190 1 or Alternative Review Fee.
Wastewater DischargePrivate projects: $1,013 1 Public projects: $506 1Alternative Review Fee.
Other0.4% of project cost up to $10,000,000 plus 0.12% of project cost above $10,000,000 (if applicable), not to exceed $75,951 1Greater of: $75,951 1 or Alternative Review Fee.
1 Subject to annual adjustment in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.

Table 2 to § 401.43—Annual Monitoring and Coordination Fee

Annual feeAllocation
Water Allocation1 $304 1 456<4.99 mgm. 5.00 to 49.99 mgm.
1 65850.00 to 499.99 mgm.
1 835500.00 to 9,999.99 mgm.
1 1,013>or = to 10,000 mgm.
Annual feeDischarge design capacity
Wastewater Discharge1 $304 1 618<0.05 mgd. 0.05 to 1 mgd.
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Annual feeDischarge design capacity
1 1,013>10 mgd.
1 Subject to annual adjustment in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.

Table 3 to § 401.43—Additional Fees

Proposed actionFeeFee maximum
Emergency Approval Under 18 CFR 401.40$5,000Alternative Review Fee.
Late Filed Renewal Surcharge$2,000
Modification of a DRBC ApprovalAt Executive Director's discretion, Docket Application Fee for the appropriate project typeAlternative Review Fee.
Name change$1,013 1
Change of Ownership$1,519 1
1 Subject to annual adjustment in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.
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PART 420—BASIN REGULATIONS—WATER SUPPLY CHARGES

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3. The authority citation for part 420 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Delaware River Basin Compact, 75 Stat. 688.

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4. In § 420.41, revise paragraphs (a) and (b) and footnote 1 to read as follows:

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Schedule of water charges.
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(a) $81.01 per million gallons for consumptive use, subject to paragraph (c) of this section; and

(b) $0.81 per million gallons for non-consumptive use, subject to paragraph (c) of this section.

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1 Consumer Price Index—U/Series ID: CUURA102SA0/Not Seasonally Adjusted/Area: Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD/Item: All items/Base Period 1982-84=100.

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Dated: June 7, 2017.

Pamela M. Bush,

Commission Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2017-12233 Filed 6-12-17; 8:45 am]

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