SRBC Avoids Increases in Most Fees for the Next Year

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold the line on most fees for the next year, and will increase the municipal discount for its Annual Compliance and Monitoring Fee, the Commission announced on June 16, 2017.

The Commission opted to hold the line despite having the authority to increase a majority of its regulatory fee schedule to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index. The action averts a 0.5 percent increase across the board.

The Commission also held level its Consumptive Use Mitigation Fee because there was no change in the index used to increase this fee during the last 12 months.

The municipal discount on the Annual Compliance and Monitoring Fee was increased to 44 percent, matching the discount on municipal groundwater application fees. In another action regarding the monitoring fee, the Commission established a tiered fee for hydroelectric power plants so smaller facilities are subject to a lesser fee.

The only fee increase involved the standard fee for minor modifications, which increases to $1,000 from $750 based on costs incurred in the application process.

“We understand the concerns our permit holders have over fees, and we’re pleased to be able to hold the line this year on nearly all of them and increase the municipal discount for annual compliance and monitoring,” said Andrew Dehoff, Commission executive director. “Many of us are being asked to do more with less, and we’ve worked hard to hold our costs down to avoid fee increases.”

The actions on fees were among several others taken at the Commission’s quarterly business meeting. In other business, the Commission:

  • Tabled a request for waiver from Middletown Borough regarding the borough’s unapproved sources and directed staff to gather more information and work closely with the borough to seek resolution.
  • Denied a request by EOG Resources Inc., to circumvent rules regarding the development of a new water source.
  • Approved 19 applications and tabled six others (see lists below). 

The voting Commissioners and alternates were: Ben Grumbles, Chair and Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment; Col. Ed Chamberlayne, Vice Chair, Commander and District Engineer, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Paul D’Amato, Director, Region 8, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and Dana Aunkst, Deputy Secretary, Office of Water Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Commission staff also reported on delegated settlements with the following project sponsors, pursuant to Resolution No. 2014-15: 

  • Albany International Corp., in the amount of $8,500; and
  • Tanglewood Manor, Inc., in the amount of $2,500.

Applications Tabled

  1. Talen Energy Corporation, Royal Manchester Golf Links (Consumptive Use), East Manchester Township, York County, Pa.
  2. Talen Energy Corporation, Royal Manchester Golf Links (Well PW-1), East Manchester Township, York County, Pa.
  3. Talen Energy Corporation, Royal Manchester Golf Links (Well PW-6), East Manchester Township, York County, Pa.
  4. Village of Waverly (Well 1), Tioga County, N.Y.
  5. Village of Waverly (Well 2), Tioga County, N.Y.
  6. Village of Waverly (Well 3), Tioga County, N.Y.

Applications Approved (includes new approvals, modifications, and renewals)

  1. Town of Big Flats (Well 1-1), Chemung County, N.Y.
  2. Michael and Sandra Buhler (Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek), Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
  3. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC (Susquehanna River), Mehoopany Township, Wyoming County, Pa.
  4. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC (Susquehanna River), Wysox Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  5. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC (Wyalusing Creek), Rush Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.
  6. DS Services of America, Inc. (Well 4), Clay Township, Lancaster County, Pa.
  7. DS Services of America, Inc. (Well 5), Clay Township, Lancaster County, Pa.
  8. Ephrata Area Joint Authority (Well 1, Cocalico Creek, and Mountain Home Springs), Ephrata Borough, Lancaster County, Pa.
  9. Equipment Transport, LLC (Susquehanna River), Great Bend Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.
  10. Kraft Heinz Foods Company (Well 3), Town of Campbell, Steuben County, N.Y.
  11. Mount Joy Borough Authority (Well 3), Mount Joy Borough, Lancaster County, Pa.
  12. P. H. Glatfelter Company, Paper/Pulp Mill and Cogen Operations (Codorus Creek), Spring Grove Borough, York County, Pa.
  13. P. H. Glatfelter Company, Paper/Pulp Mill and Cogen Operations (Consumptive Use), Spring Grove Borough, York County, Pa.
  14. Rausch Creek Land, L.P. (Pit #21), Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pa.
  15. Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC (Towanda Creek), Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pa.
  16. Spring Township Water Authority (Well PW-2), Spring Township, Centre County, Pa.
  17. Warren Marcellus LLC (Susquehanna River), Washington Township, Wyoming County, Pa.

Applications Approved (involving a diversion)

  1. City of DuBois (out-of-basin diversion to the Ohio River Basin), Union Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
  2. Seneca Resources Corporation, (Impoundment 1, receiving groundwater from Seneca Resources Corporation Wells 5H and 6H; Clermont Wells 1, 2,  3, and 4; Clermont North Wells 1, 2, and 3; and Clermont South wells 7 and 10) (into-basin diversion from the Ohio River Basin), Norwich and Sergeant Townships, McKean County, Pa.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

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