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Regulatory Program Fees and Water Charges Rates

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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, 2018.

DATES:

This final rule is effective July 1, 2018.

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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 Start Printed Page 26355year. 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 2018 showed an increase of 1.38%. Commensurate adjustments are thus required.

This notification 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 website.

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List of Subjects

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 Tables 1, 2 and 3 to read as follows:

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Regulatory program fees.
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Table 1 To § 401.43—Docket Application Filing Fee

Project typeDocket application feeFee maximum
Water Allocation$411 per million gallons/month of allocation 1, not to exceed $15,401 1. Fee is doubled for any portion to be exported from the basin.Greater of: $15,401 1 or Alternative Review Fee.
Wastewater DischargePrivate projects: $1,027 1 Public projects: $513 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 $77,003 1Greater of: $77,003 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 $308<4.99 mgm.
1 $4625.00 to 49.99 mgm.
1 $66750.00 to 499.99 mgm.
1 $847500.00 to 9,999.99 mgm.
1 $1,027> or = to 10,000 mgm.
Annual feeDischarge design capacity
Wastewater Discharge1 $308<0.05 mgd.
1 $6260.05 to 1 mgd.
1 $8421 to 10 mgd.
1 $1,027>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$1,027 1.
Change of Ownership$1,540 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) to read as follows:

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Schedule of water charges.
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(a) $82.14 per million gallons for consumptive use, subject to paragraph (c) of this section; and

(b) $0.82 per million gallons for non-consumptive use, subject to paragraph (c) of this section.

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Dated: June 1, 2018.

Pamela M. Bush,

Commission Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2018-12258 Filed 6-6-18; 8:45 am]

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