Delaware state law requires air quality permits for equipment which has the potential to discharge air contaminants into the atmosphere. They are called Natural Minor Permits, and the fee structure for these permits have not been adjusted for over 30 years, and therefore, the program governing the permits is no longer self sustaining.
House Bill 257 will allow for a phased approach to increase these fees, with the first increase intended to result in funding 50% of the program costs. Evaluations will occur before July 1 of 2024 and July 1 of 2027 with recommended adjustments to fund 75% and 100% of the program costs respectively’.
I understand increasing the fees in a phased approach over a course of several years until you get to 100% self sustainment, but why not establish a permanent phased in structure for the increases now, rather than having a review in 2024 and 2027?
The bill does require subsequent evaluations, to occur every three years, to ensure the fees are completely funding the program so that a 30 year gap does not happen again.
The bill has been released from the Natural Resources Committee, so it is ready for a vote on the House floor.
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|Current Status: Out of Committee|