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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 900. Certification of Nonpoint Source Nutrient Credits
12/1/2021

9VAC25-900-250. Cost estimates for perpetual and term credit nutrient credit-generating projects.

A. The owner of a nutrient credit-generating project shall prepare for approval by the department a detailed written cost estimate providing the cost of repairing or restoring, as appropriate, and operating and maintaining any structural BMPs required to submit and maintain financial assurance pursuant to 9VAC25-900-230. This written cost estimate shall be submitted as part of the application in accordance with 9VAC25-900-80 and shall include:

1. For structural BMPs generating perpetual nutrient credits, the cost estimate shall equal the full cost for repairing or restoring, as appropriate, the structural BMPs plus the cost for fifty years of operation and maintenance of the structural BMPs in accordance with the implementation plan.

2. For structural BMPs generating term nutrient credits, the cost estimate shall equal the full cost for repairing or restoring, as appropriate, the structural BMPs plus the cost for the operation and maintenance of the structural BMPs in accordance with the implementation plan for the term of the credits or for five years, whichever is less.

3. The cost estimate shall be based on and include the costs of hiring a third party to either repair or restore and operate and maintain the structural BMPs generating nutrient credits. The third party may not be either a parent corporation or subsidiary of the owner.

B. The owner of the nutrient credit-generating project utilizing proposed new wetland or stream restoration practices not subject to 33 CFR 332.8 and § 62.1-44.15:23 of the Code of Virginia will develop a separate written cost estimate for each of the applicable financial assurance requirements provided in 9VAC25-900-230 D. All cost estimates shall be submitted as part of the application in accordance with 9VAC25-900-80.

1. Monitoring plan financial assurance cost estimates shall be sufficient to hire another qualified entity to monitor and report on performance standards for the nutrient credit-generating project in the event of noncompliance with this chapter.

2. Long-term management fund financial assurance cost estimates shall be based on the size and complexity of the implementation plan, long-term management plan tasks, and any other factors that the department deems appropriate and will state the total dollar amount required to fund this financial assurance.

C. For a nutrient credit-generating project generating perpetual credit, the cost estimate shall be updated by the owner and submitted to the department for its review for sufficiency at least once every five years.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.19:20 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2020.

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