Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
1/19/2020

Chapter 20. Fees for Permits and Certificates

Part I
General

9VAC25-20-10. Definitions.

Unless otherwise defined in this chapter or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the terms used in this regulation shall have the meanings ascribed to them by the State Water Control Law, § 62.1-44.3; the board's Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Regulation, 9VAC25-31-10; the board's Virginia Pollution Abatement Permit Regulation, 9VAC25-32-10; the board's Virginia Water Protection Permit Program Regulation, 9VAC25-210-10; the board's Surface Water Management Area Regulation, 9VAC25-220-10; and the board's Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations, 9VAC25-610-10, including any general permits issued thereunder.

"Applicant" means for the purposes of this chapter any person filing an application for issuance, reissuance, or modification, except as exempted by 9VAC25-20-50, of a permit, certificate or special exception or filing a registration statement or application for coverage under a general permit issued in response to Chapters 3.1 (§ 62.1-44.2 et seq.), 24 (§ 62.1-242 et seq.), and 25 (§ 62.1-254 et seq.) of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia.

"Application" means for the purposes of this chapter the forms approved by the State Water Control Board for applying for issuance or reissuance of a permit, certificate or special exception or for filing a registration statement or application for coverage under a general permit issued in response to Chapters 3.1, 24, and 25 of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia. In the case of modifications to an existing permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception requested by the permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception holder and not exempted by 9VAC25-20-50, the application shall consist of the formal written request and any accompanying documentation submitted by the permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception holder to initiate the modification.

"Biosolids" means a sewage sludge that has received an established treatment for required pathogen control and is treated or managed to reduce vector attraction to a satisfactory level and contains acceptable levels of pollutants, such that it is acceptable for use for land application, marketing or distribution in accordance with 9VAC25-31 or 9VAC25-32.

"Dry tons" means dry weight established as representative of land applied biosolids or industrial residuals, and expressed in units of English tons.

"Existing permit" means for the purposes of this chapter a permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception issued by the board and currently held by an applicant.

"Established fees" means a fee established by the department per dry ton of biosolids or industrial residuals managed by land appliers.

"Industrial residual" means solid or semisolid industrial waste including solids, residues, and precipitates separated or created by the unit processes of a device or system used to treat industrial wastes.

"Land application" means, in regard to sewage, biosolids, and industrial residuals, the distribution of treated wastewater of acceptable quality, referred to as effluent, or stabilized sewage sludge of acceptable quality, referred to as biosolids, or industrial residuals by spreading or spraying on the surface of the land, injecting below the surface of the land, or incorporating into the soil with a uniform application rate for the purpose of fertilizing crops or vegetation or conditioning the soil. Bulk disposal of stabilized sludge or industrial residuals in a confined area, such as in landfills, is not land application. Sites approved for land application of biosolids in accordance with 9VAC25-31 or 9VAC25-32 are not to be considered to be treatment works.

"Land applier" means someone who land applies biosolids or industrial residuals pursuant to a valid permit from the department as set forth in 9VAC25-31 or 9VAC25-32.

"Local monitor" means a person or persons employed by local government to perform the duties of monitoring the operations of land appliers pursuant to a local ordinance.

"Major modification" means for the purposes of this chapter modification or amendment of an existing permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception before its expiration which is not a minor modification as defined in this regulation.

"Major reservoir" means for the purposes of this chapter any new or expanded reservoir with greater than or equal to 17 acres of total surface water impacts (stream and wetlands), or a water withdrawal of greater than or equal to 3,000,000 gallons in any one day.

"Minor modification" means for the purposes of this chapter minor modification or amendment of an existing permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception before its expiration as specified in 9VAC25-31-400, 9VAC25-32-240, 9VAC25-210-180, 9VAC25-220-230, or in 9VAC25-610-330. Minor modification for the purposes of this chapter also means other modifications and amendments not requiring extensive review and evaluation including, but not limited to, changes in EPA promulgated test protocols, increasing monitoring frequency requirements, changes in sampling locations, and changes to compliance dates within the overall compliance schedules. A minor permit modification or amendment does not substantially alter permit conditions, substantially increase or decrease the amount of surface water impacts, increase the size of the operation, or reduce the capacity of the facility to protect human health or the environment.

"Minor reservoir" means for the purposes of this chapter any new or expanded reservoir with less than 17 acres of total surface water impacts (stream and wetlands), or a water withdrawal of less than 3,000,000 gallons in any one day.

"New permit" means for the purposes of this chapter a permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception issued by the board to an applicant that does not currently hold and has never held a permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception of that type, for that activity, at that location.

"Reimbursement application" means forms approved by the department to be used to apply for reimbursement of local monitoring costs for land application of biosolids or industrial residuals in accordance with the provisions of this regulation. The application shall consist of a formal written request and any accompanying documentation submitted by a local government in accordance with a local ordinance.

"Revoked permit" means, for the purposes of this chapter, an existing permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception which is terminated by the board before its expiration.

"Single jurisdiction" means for the purposes of this chapter a single county or city. The term county includes incorporated towns which are part of the county.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 1.1, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-20. Purpose.

Section 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia requires the promulgation of regulations establishing a fee assessment and collection system to recover a portion of the State Water Control Board's, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries', and the Department of Conservation and Recreation's direct and indirect costs associated with the processing of an application to issue, reissue, or modify any permit, permit authorization or certificate which the board has the authority to issue from the applicant for such permit, permit authorization or certificate. Section 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia requires the promulgation of regulations establishing a fee to be charged to all permit holders and persons applying for permits and permit modifications associated with land application of biosolids. Section 62.1-44.16 of the Code of Virginia requires the promulgation of regulations requiring the payment of a fee by persons land applying solid or semisolid industrial wastes. Section 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia also requires the promulgation of regulations requiring the payment of a fee by persons land applying biosolids. These regulations establish the required fee assessment and collection system.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 1.2, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-30. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 1.3, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

9VAC25-20-40. Applicability.

A. This chapter applies to:

1. All applicants for issuance of a new permit, permit authorization or certificate, or reissuance of an existing permit, permit authorization or certificate, except as specifically exempt under 9VAC25-20-50 A. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-110 or 9VAC25-20-130.

2. All permit, permit authorization or certificate holders who request that an existing permit, permit authorization or certificate be modified, except as specifically exempt under 9VAC25-20-50 A 3 or 9VAC25-20-50 A 6. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-120.

3. All land appliers land applying biosolids or industrial residuals on permitted sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-146.

B. An applicant for a permit, permit authorization or certificate involving a permit that is to be revoked and reissued shall be considered an applicant for a new permit. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-110.

C. Permit maintenance fees apply to each Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit holder and each Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permit holder, except those specifically exempt under 9VAC25-20-50 B of this chapter. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-142.

D. Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Individual/Minimum Instream Flow permit fees apply to any permit for the construction of an intake on a stream or river, or to any permit for the construction of a new intake on an existing reservoir. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-110 or 9VAC25-20-120, as applicable.

E. VWP Individual/Reservoir permit fees apply to any permit for the construction of a new reservoir, or the expansion of an existing reservoir in which one of the purposes of the reservoir is for water supply. The fee due shall be as specified under 9VAC25-20-110 or 9VAC25-20-120, as applicable. VWP Individual/Reservoir permit fees do not apply to the construction of any impoundment, pond or lake in which water supply is not part of the project's purpose.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 1.4, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-50. Exemptions.

A. No permit application fees will be assessed to:

1. An applicant for a permit, permit authorization, certificate or special exception pertaining to a farming operation engaged in production for market.

2. An applicant for a permit, permit authorization, or certificate pertaining to maintenance dredging for federal navigation channels or other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-sponsored or Department of the Navy-sponsored dredging projects.

3. Permit holders who request minor modifications or minor amendments to permits, permit authorizations or certificates as defined in 9VAC25-20-10.

4. Permit, permit authorization or certificate holders whose permits, permit authorizations or certificates are modified or amended at the initiative of the board.

5. VPDES permit holders or VPA permit holders for the regularly scheduled renewal of an individual permit for an existing facility, except VPDES and VPA permit holders whose permits expire on or before December 27, 2004.

6. An applicant for a permit, permit authorization, permit modification, or certificate pertaining solely to biosolids research.

B. No permit maintenance fees will be assessed to:

1. VPDES and VPA facilities operating under a general permit.

2. Permits pertaining to a farming operation engaged in production for market.

3. Virginia Water Protection (VWP), Surface Water Withdrawal (SWW), and Ground Water Withdrawal (GWW) permits, permit authorizations, certificates and special exceptions.

4. Permits pertaining solely to biosolids research.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15 and 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 1.5, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 27, Issue 26, eff. September 28, 2011; Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2015.

Part II
Payment, Deposits, and Use of Fees

9VAC25-20-60. Due dates.

A. Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) and Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permits.

1. Application fees for all new permit applications are due on the day an application is submitted and shall be paid in accordance with 9VAC25-20-70 A. Applications will not be processed without payment of the required fee.

2. For reissuance of permits that expire on or before December 27, 2004, the application fee for new permit applications as set forth in this regulation is due on the day the application is submitted.

3. An application fee is due on the day an application is submitted for either a major modification or a permit reissuance that occurs (and becomes effective) before the stated permit expiration date. There is no application fee for a regularly scheduled renewal of an individual permit for an existing facility, unless the permit for the facility expires on or before December 27, 2004. There is no application fee for a major modification or amendment that is made at the board's initiative.

4. Permit maintenance fees shall be paid to the board by October 1 of each year. Additional permit maintenance fees for facilities that are authorized to land apply, distribute, or market biosolids; are in a toxics management program; or have more than five process wastewater discharge outfalls at a single facility (not including "internal" outfalls) shall also be paid to the board by October 1 of each year. No permit will be reissued or administratively continued without payment of the required fee.

a. Existing individual permit holders with an effective permit as of July 1, 2004 (including permits that have been administratively continued) shall pay the permit maintenance fee or fees to the board by October 1, 2004, unless one of the following conditions apply:

(1) The permit is terminated prior to October 1, 2004; or

(2) The permit holder applied or reapplied for a municipal minor VPDES permit with a design flow of 10,000 gallons per day or less between July 1, 2003, and July 1, 2004, and paid the applicable permit application fee.

b. Effective April 1, 2005, any permit holder whose permit is effective as of April 1 of a given year (including permits that have been administratively continued) shall pay the permit maintenance fee or fees to the board by October 1 of that same year.

B. Surface Water Withdrawal (SWW) and Groundwater Withdrawal (GWW) permits.

1. All permit application fees are due on the day an application is submitted and shall be paid in accordance with 9VAC25-20-70 A. Applications will not be processed without payment of the required fee. No permit will be administratively continued without payment of the required fee.

2. For reissuance of GWW permits that expire on or before March 27, 2005, the application fee for new permit applications as set forth in this regulation is due on the day the application is submitted.

3. Application fees for major modifications or amendments are due on the day an application is submitted. Applications will not be processed without payment of the required fee. There is no fee for a major modification or amendment that is made at the board's initiative.

C. Virginia Water Protection (VWP) permits.

1. VWP permit application fees shall be paid in accordance with 9VAC25-20-70 A. Review of applications may be initiated before the fee is received; however, draft permits or authorizations shall not be issued prior to payment of the required fee. No permit or permit authorization shall be administratively continued without payment of the required fee.

2. VWP application fees for major modifications shall be paid in accordance with 9VAC25-20-70 A. Review of applications may be initiated before the fee is received; however, major modifications shall not be issued prior to payment of the required fee. There is no application fee for a major modification that is made at the board's initiative.

D. Land application fees for biosolids and industrial residuals. The department may bill the land applier for amounts due following the submission of the monthly land application report. Payments are due 30 days after receipt of a bill from the department. No permit or modification of an existing permit will be approved in the jurisdiction where payment of the established fee by the land applier has not been received by the due date; until such time that the fees are paid in full. Existing permits may be revoked or approved sources may be reclassified as unapproved unless the required fee is paid by the due date. No permit will be reissued or administratively continued or modified without full payment of any past due fee.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 2.1, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-70. Method of payment.

A. Fees shall be paid by check, draft or postal money order payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, or submitted electronically (if available), and must be in U.S. currency, except that agencies and institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia may submit Interagency Transfers for the amount of the fee. All fees shall be sent to the following address (or submitted electronically, if available): Department of Environmental Quality, Receipts Control, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia 23218.

B. Required information. All applicants for new permit issuance, permit reissuance or permit modification shall submit the following information along with the fee payment:

1. Applicant name, address and daytime phone number.

2. Applicant Federal Identification Number (FIN).

3. The name of the facility/activity, and the facility/activity location.

4. The type of permit applied for.

5. Whether the application is for a new permit issuance, permit reissuance or permit modification.

6. The amount of fee submitted.

7. The existing permit number, if applicable.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15 and 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 2.2, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 28, Issue 18, eff. June 6, 2012.

9VAC25-20-80. Incomplete payments and late payments.

All incomplete payments will be deemed as nonpayments.

Interest may be charged for late payments at the underpayment rate set out by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service established pursuant to § 6621(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. This rate is prescribed in § 58.1-15 of the Code of Virginia and is calculated on a monthly basis at the applicable periodic rate.

A 10% late payment fee may be charged to any delinquent (over 90 days past due) account.

The Department of Environmental Quality is entitled to all remedies available under the Code of Virginia in collecting any past due amount and may recover any attorney's fees and other administrative costs incurred in pursuing and collecting any past due amount.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 2.3, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004.

9VAC25-20-90. Deposit and use of fees.

A. Sludge Management Fund. All land application fees collected from permit holders who land apply biosolids or industrial residuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and fees collected from permit holders and persons applying for permits and permit modifications pursuant to § 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia shall be deposited into the Sludge Management Fund established by, and used and accounted for as specified in §§ 62.1-44.16 and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia. Payments to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for their costs related to implementation of the biosolids land application program and to localities with duly adopted ordinances providing for the testing and monitoring of the land application of biosolids or industrial residuals will be made from this fund. Fees collected shall be exempt from statewide indirect costs charged and collected by the Department of Accounts and shall not supplant or reduce the general fund appropriation to the department.

B. State Water Control Board Permit Program Fund. All fees collected in response to this chapter and not deposited into the Sludge Management Fund shall be deposited into the State Water Control Board Permit Program Fund established by, and used and accounted for as specified in § 62.1-44.15:7 of the Code of Virginia. Payment to the Departments of Conservation and Recreation and Game and Inland Fisheries for permit applications they are required under state law to review will be made from this fund. Fees collected shall be exempt from statewide indirect costs charged and collected by the Department of Accounts.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 2.4, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

Part III
Determination of Fee Amount

9VAC25-20-100. General.

Each application for a new permit, permit authorization or certificate, each application for reissuance of a permit, permit authorization or certificate, each application for major modification of a permit, permit authorization or certificate, each revocation and reissuance of a permit, permit authorization or certificate, and each application of a dry ton of biosolids or industrial residuals is a separate action and shall be assessed a separate fee, as applicable. The fees for each type of permit, permit authorization or certificate that the board has the authority to issue, reissue or modify will be as specified in this part.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 3.1, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-110. Fee schedules for individual VPDES and VPA new permit issuance, and individual VWP, SWW and GWW new permit issuance and existing permit reissuance.

A. Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The following fee schedules apply to applications for issuance of a new individual VPDES permit or certificate. (Note: All flows listed in the table below are facility "design" flows.)

VPDES Industrial Major

$24,000

VPDES Municipal Major

$21,300

VPDES Municipal Major Stormwater/MS4

$21,300

VPDES Industrial Minor/No Standard Limits

$10,200

VPDES Industrial Minor/Standard Limits

$3,300

VPDES Industrial Stormwater

$7,200

VPDES Municipal Minor/Greater Than 100,000 GPD

$7,500

VPDES Municipal Minor/10,001 GPD-100,000 GPD

$6,000

VPDES Municipal Minor/1,001 GPD-10,000 GPD

$5,400

VPDES Municipal Minor/1,000 GPD or less

$2,000

VPDES Municipal - The authorization for land application, distribution, or marketing of biosolids or land disposal of sewage sludge

$5,000*

VPDES Municipal Minor Stormwater/MS4

$2,000

*For a new VPDES permit that includes authorization for land application, distribution, or marketing of biosolids or land disposal of sewage sludge, the $5,000 biosolids permit fee will be paid in addition to the required VPDES permit fee.

B. Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permits. The following fee schedules apply to applications for issuance of a new individual VPA permit or certificate.

VPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

(Reserved)

VPA Intensified Animal Feeding Operation

(Reserved)

VPA Industrial Wastewater Operation/Land Application of 10 or More Inches Per Year

$15,000

VPA Industrial Wastewater Operation/Land Application of Less Than 10 Inches Per Year

$10,500

VPA Industrial Sludge Operation

$7,500

VPA Combined Sludge Operation - Industrial Sludge (excluding water treatment plant residuals) and Municipal Biosolids

$7,500

VPA Municipal Wastewater Operation

$13,500

VPA Municipal Biosolids Operation

$5,000

All other operations not specified above

$750

C. Virginia Water Protection (VWP) permits. The following fee schedules apply to applications for issuance of a new individual and reissuance of an existing individual VWP permit or certificate. Only one permit application fee shall be assessed per application; for a permit application involving more than one of the operations described below, the governing fee shall be based upon the primary purpose of the proposed activity. (Note: Withdrawal amounts shown in the table below are maximum daily withdrawals.)

VWP Individual/Surface Water Impacts (Wetlands, Streams and/or Open Water)

$2,400 plus $220 for each 4,356 sq. ft. (1/10 acre) (or portion thereof) of incremental impact over 87,120 sq. ft. (two acres) ($60,000 maximum)

VWP Individual/Minimum Instream Flow - Withdrawals equal to or greater than 3,000,000 gallons on any day

$25,000

VWP Individual/Minimum Instream Flow - Withdrawals between 2,000,000 and 2,999,999 gallons on any day

$20,000

VWP Individual/Minimum Instream Flow - Withdrawals between 1,000,000 and 1,999,999 gallons on any day

$15,000

VWP Individual/Minimum Instream Flow - Withdrawals less than 1,000,000 gallons on any day that do not otherwise qualify for a general VWP permit for water withdrawals

$10,000

VWP Individual/Reservoir - Major

$35,000

VWP Individual/Reservoir - Minor

$25,000

VWP Individual/Nonmetallic Mineral Mining

$2,400 plus $220 for each 4,356 sq. ft. (1/10 acre) (or portion thereof) of incremental impact over 87,120 sq. ft. (two acres) ($7,500 maximum)

D. Surface Water Withdrawal (SWW) permits or certificates issued in response to Chapter 24 (§ 62.1-242 et seq.) of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia. The following fee schedules apply to applications for issuance of a new individual, and reissuance of an existing individual SWW permit or certificate.

Agricultural withdrawal not exceeding 150 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal greater than 150 million gallons but less than 300 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal of 300 million gallons or greater in any single month

(Reserved)

Surface Water Withdrawal

$12,000

E. Groundwater Withdrawal (GWW) permits issued in response to Chapter 25 (§ 62.1-254 et seq.) of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia. The following fee schedules apply to applications for issuance of a new individual, and reissuance of an existing individual GWW permit or certificate.

Agricultural withdrawal not exceeding 150 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal greater than 150 million gallons but less than 300 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal of 300 million gallons or greater in any single month

(Reserved)

Groundwater Withdrawal/Initial Permit for an Existing Withdrawal Based Solely on Historic Withdrawals

$1,200

Groundwater Withdrawal - effective through December 31, 2018

$6,000

Groundwater Withdrawal - effective January 1, 2019

$9,000

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-14 and 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 3.2, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 35, Issue 4, eff. November 14, 2018.

9VAC25-20-120. Fee schedules for major modification of individual permits or certificates requested by the permit or certificate holder.

The following fee schedules apply to applications for major modification of an individual permit or certificate requested by the permit or certificate holder:

1. Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The application fees listed in the table below apply to a major modification that occurs (and becomes effective) before the stated permit expiration date. (Note: All flows listed in the table below are facility "design" flows.)

VPDES Industrial Major

$12,000

VPDES Municipal Major

$10,650

VPDES Municipal Major Stormwater/MS4

$5,150

VPDES Industrial Minor/No Standard Limits

$5,100

VPDES Industrial Minor/Standard Limits

$3,300

VPDES Industrial Stormwater

$3,600

VPDES Municipal Minor/Greater Than 100,000 GPD

$3,750

VPDES Municipal Minor/10,001 GPD - 100,000 GPD

$3,000

VPDES Municipal Minor/1,001 GPD - 10,000 GPD

$2,700

VPDES Municipal - modification relating to the authorization for land application, distribution, or marketing of biosolids or land disposal of sewage sludge

$1,000*

VPDES Municipal Minor/1,000 GPD or Less

$1,000

VPDES Municipal Minor Stormwater/MS4

$1,000

*The fee for modification of a VPDES permit due to changes relating to authorization for land application, distribution, or marketing of biosolids or land disposal of sewage sludge shall be $1,000, notwithstanding other modification fees incurred. The modification fee shall apply for any addition of land application sites to a permit.

2. Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permits. The application fees listed in the table below apply to a major modification that occurs (and becomes effective) before the stated permit expiration date.

VPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

(Reserved)

VPA Intensified Animal Feeding Operation

(Reserved)

VPA Industrial Wastewater Operation/Land Application of 10 or More Inches Per Year

$7,500

VPA Industrial Wastewater Operation/Land Application of Less Than 10 Inches Per Year

$5,250

VPA Industrial Sludge Operation

$3,750 1

VPA Combined Sludge Operation - Industrial Sludges (excluding water treatment plant residuals) and Municipal Biosolids

$3,7501

VPA Municipal Wastewater Operation

$6,750

VPA Municipal Biosolids Operation

$1,000 1, 2

All other operations not specified above

$375

1 The modification fee shall apply for any addition of land application sites to a permit.

2When adding any industrial source (excluding water treatment plant residuals) to a permit that only authorizes the land application of municipal biosolids, the modification fee for a VPA combined sludge operation shall apply.

3. Virginia Water Protection (VWP) permits. (Note: Only one permit application fee shall be assessed per application; for a permit application involving more than one of the operations described below, the governing fee shall be based upon the primary purpose of the proposed activity.)

VWP Individual/Surface Water Impacts (Wetlands, Streams and/or Open Water)

$1,200 plus $110 for each 4,356 sq. ft. (1/10 acre) (or portion thereof) of incremental impact over 87,120 sq. ft. (two acres) ($30,000 maximum)

VWP Individual/Minimum Instream Flow

$5,000

VWP Individual/Reservoir (Major or Minor)

$12,500

VWP Individual/Nonmetallic Mineral Mining

$1,200 plus $110 for each 4,356 sq. ft. (1/10 acre) (or portion thereof) of incremental impact over 87,120 sq. ft. (two acres) ($3,750 maximum)

4. Surface Water Withdrawal (SWW) permits or certificates issued in response to Chapter 24 (§ 62.1-242 et seq.) of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Agricultural withdrawal not exceeding 150 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal greater than 150 million gallons but less than 300 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal of 300 million gallons or greater in any single month

(Reserved)

Surface Water Withdrawal

$6,000

5. Groundwater Withdrawal (GWW) permits issued in response to Chapter 25 (§ 62.1-254 et seq.) of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Agricultural withdrawal not exceeding 150 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal greater than 150 million gallons but less than 300 million gallons in any single month

(Reserved)

Agricultural withdrawal of 300 million gallons or greater in any single month

(Reserved)

Groundwater Withdrawal/Initial Permit for an Existing Withdrawal Based Solely on Historic Withdrawals

$600

Groundwater Withdrawal

$3,000

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-14 and 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 3.3, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013.

9VAC25-20-130. Fees for filing registration statements or applications for general permits issued by the board.

The following fees apply to filing of applications or registration statements for all general permits issued by the board, except:

1. The fee for filing a registration statement for coverage under 9VAC25-110 (General VPDES Permit for Domestic Sewage Discharges of Less Than or Equal to 1,000 GPD) is $0.

2. The fee for filing a registration statement for coverage under 9VAC25-120 (General VPDES Permit Regulation for Discharges From Petroleum Contaminated Sites) is $0.

3. The fee for filing an application or registration statement for coverage under a VWP General Permit issued by the board shall be:

VWP General/Less Than 4,356 sq. ft. (1/10 acre) of Surface Water Impact (Wetlands, Streams and/or Open Water)

$0

VWP General/4,356 sq. ft. to 21,780 sq. ft. (1/10 acre to 1/2 acre) of Surface Water Impact (Wetlands, Streams and/or Open Water)

$600

VWP General/21,781 sq. ft. to 43,560 sq. ft. (greater than 1/2 acre to one acre) of Surface Water Impact (Wetlands, Streams and/or Open Water)

$1,200

VWP General/43,561 sq. ft. to 87,120 sq. ft. (greater than one acre to two acres) of Surface Water Impact (Wetlands, Streams and/or Open Water)

$1,200 plus $120 for each 4,356 sq. ft. (1/10 acre) (or portion thereof) of incremental impact over 43,560 sq. ft. (one acre) ($2,400 maximum)

VWP General/Minimum Instream Flow/Reservoir - Water withdrawals and/or pond construction

$2,400

4. VPDES Storm Water General Permits.

a. Except as specified in subdivision 4 b of this section, the fee for filing a registration statement for coverage under a VPDES storm water general permit issued by the board shall be:

VPDES General/Industrial Storm Water Management

$500

VPDES General/Storm Water Management - Phase I Land Clearing (Large Construction Activity - Sites or common plans of development equal to or greater than 5 acres)

$500

VPDES General/Storm Water Management - Phase II Land Clearing (Small Construction Activity - Sites or common plans of development less than 5 acres)

$300

b. Owners of facilities that are covered under the Industrial Activity (VAR5) and Construction Site (VAR10) storm water general permits that expire on June 30, 2004, and who are reapplying for coverage under the new general permits that are effective on July 1, 2004, must submit an application fee of $600 to reapply.

5. Except as specified in subdivisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this section, the fee for filing an application or registration statement for coverage under any general permit issued by the board shall be $600.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 3.4, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

9VAC25-20-140. [Repealed]

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 3.5, eff. July 1, 1993; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004.

9VAC25-20-142. Permit maintenance fees.

A. The following annual permit maintenance fees apply to each individual VPDES and VPA permit, including expired permits that have been administratively continued, except those exempted by 9VAC25-20-50 B or 9VAC25-20-60 A 4:

1. Base fee rate for Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permitted facilities. (Note: All flows listed in the table below are facility "design" flows.)

VPDES Industrial Major

$7,876

VPDES Municipal Major/Greater Than 10 MGD

$7,794

VPDES Municipal Major/2 MGD - 10 MGD

$7,138

VPDES Municipal Major/Less Than 2 MGD

$6,317

VPDES Municipal Major Stormwater/MS4

$6,235

VPDES Industrial Minor/No Standard Limits

$3,347

VPDES Industrial Minor/Standard Limits

$1,969

VPDES Industrial Minor/Water Treatment System

$1,969

VPDES Industrial Stormwater

$2,363

VPDES Municipal Minor/Greater Than 100,000 GPD

$2,461

VPDES Municipal Minor/10,001 GPD - 100,000 GPD

$1,969

VPDES Municipal Minor/1,001 GPD - 10,000 GPD

$1,772

VPDES Municipal Minor/1,000 GPD or Less

$656

VPDES Municipal Minor Stormwater/MS4

$656

2. Base fee rate for Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permits.

VPA Industrial Wastewater Operation/Land Application of 10 or More Inches Per Year

$2,461

VPA Industrial Wastewater Operation/Land Application of Less Than 10 Inches Per Year

$1,723

VPA Industrial Sludge Operation

$1,231

VPA Combined Sludge Operation - Industrial Sludges (excluding water treatment plant residuals) and Municipal Biosolids

$1,231

VPA Municipal Wastewater Operation

$2,215

VPA Municipal Biosolids Operation

$100

VPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

(Reserved)

VPA Intensified Animal Feeding Operation

(Reserved)

All other operations not specified above

$123

3. The amount of the annual permit maintenance fee due from the owner for VPDES and VPA permits for a specified year as required by 9VAC25-20-40 C shall be calculated according to the following formulae:

F =

B x C

C =

1 + ∆CPI

∆CPI =

CPI - 215.15

215.15

Where:

F = the permit maintenance fee amount due for the specified calendar year, expressed in dollars.

B = the base fee rate for the type of VPDES or VPA permit from subdivision 1 or 2 of this subsection, expressed in dollars.

C = the Consumer Price Index adjustment factor.

∆CPI = the difference between CPI and 215.15 (the average of the Consumer Price Index values for all-urban consumers for the 12-month period ending on April 30, 2009), expressed as a proportion of 215.15.

CPI = the average of the Consumer Price Index values for all-urban consumers for the 12-month period ending on April 30 of the calendar year before the specified year for which the permit maintenance fee is due. (The Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers is published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. All items, CUUR0000SA0).

For example, if calculating the 2010 permit maintenance fee (F) for a VPDES Industrial Major source:

CPI = 215.15 (the average of CPI values from May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009, inclusive would be used for the 2010 permit maintenance fee calculation).

∆CPI = zero for the 2010 permit maintenance fee calculation (i.e., (CPI - 215.15)/215.15 = (215.15 - 215.15)/215.15 = 0). (Note: ∆CPI for other years would not be zero.)

C = 1.0 for the 2010 permit maintenance fee calculation (i.e., 1 + ∆CPI = 1 + 0 = 1.0).

B = $7,876 (i.e. the value for a VPDES Industrial Major source, taken from subdivision 1 of this subsection).

F = $7,876 for the 2010 permit maintenance fee calculation for this VPDES Industrial Major source (i.e., $7,876 x 1.0 = $7,876).

4. Permit maintenance fees (F) calculated for each facility shall be rounded to the nearest dollar.

5. The total amount of permit fees collected by the board (permit maintenance fees plus permit application fees) shall not exceed 50% of direct costs for administration, compliance, and enforcement of VPDES and VPA permits. The director shall take whatever action is necessary to ensure that this limit is not exceeded.

B. Additional permit maintenance fees.

1. An additional permit maintenance fee of $1,000 shall be paid annually by permittees in a toxics management program. Any facility that performs acute or chronic biological testing for compliance with a limit or special condition requiring monitoring in a VPDES permit is included in the toxics management program.

2. An additional permit maintenance fee of $1,000 shall be paid annually by permittees that have more than five process wastewater discharge outfalls at a single facility (not including "internal" outfalls).

3. For a local government or public service authority with permits for multiple facilities in a single jurisdiction, the total permit maintenance fees for all permits held as of April 1, 2004, shall not exceed $32,818 per year.

C. If the category of a facility (as described in subdivision A 1 or A 2 of this section) changes as the result of a permit modification, the permit maintenance fee based upon the permit category as of April 1 shall be submitted by October 1.

D. Annual permit maintenance fees may be discounted for participants in the Environmental Excellence Program as described in 9VAC25-20-145.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-14 and 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 23, eff. August 18, 2010; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013.

9VAC25-20-145. Discounted permit maintenance fees for Environmental Excellence Program participants.

A. The term "Virginia Environmental Excellence Program" (VEEP) means a voluntary program established by the department to provide public recognition and regulatory incentives to encourage higher levels of environmental performance for program participants that develop and implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS). The program is based on the use of EMSs that improve compliance, prevent pollution, and utilize other measures to improve environmental performance.

B. Participants in the VEEP shall be eligible for reduced annual permit maintenance fees. The VEEP includes the Environmental Enterprise (E2) level of participation and the Exemplary Environmental Enterprise (E3) level of participation.

C. Annual permit maintenance fee discounts will not become effective until 2005. The availability of discounts to the annual permit maintenance fees will be dependent upon acceptance and continued participation in the VEEP.

D. Eligibility for reduced annual permit maintenance fees shall be based upon the department's review of the annual report that is required to be submitted by the VEEP. The department shall review annual reports to verify that facilities continue to meet VEEP criteria prior to offering discounted annual permit maintenance fees.

1. The participant's annual report must reflect activities occurring through December 31 and must satisfy all reporting requirements established in the VEEP.

2. Annual reports must be received at the department's central office by April 1 of the following year to be eligible for a reduction of the annual permit maintenance fees.

3. The annual report must list all regulated and permitted activities included within the scope of the facility's Environmental Management System.

4. A participant's level of participation will be evaluated as of December 31 of each calendar year.

E. If a facility participated in the VEEP but participation in the program was terminated, discounted fees will not be available to participants until they have been reaccepted into the VEEP.

F. Participants at the E2 level of participation will be eligible to receive a discount to annual permit maintenance fees for up to a maximum of three years.

G. Prior to distributing bills for annual permit maintenance fees, the department shall calculate the discounted annual permit maintenance fees. The total amount of all facilities' discounts to water annual permit maintenance fees shall not exceed $64,000 annually.

1. The total of a 5.0% discount for each participant at the E3 level of participation and a 2.0% discount for each participant at the E2 level of participation shall be calculated.

2. If the calculated total of the discounts to annual permit maintenance fees would exceed $64,000, annual permit maintenance fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall be discounted 2.0%, additional discounts of annual permit maintenance fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall not be available, and annual permit maintenance fees for participants at the E2 level of participation shall not be discounted.

3. If the calculated total of the discounts to annual permit maintenance fees would not exceed $64,000, annual permit maintenance fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall be discounted 5.0%, annual permit maintenance fees for participants at the E2 level of participation shall be discounted 2.0%, and a larger discount may be provided for participants at the E3 level of participation, based upon direct program costs and program revenues, not to exceed a total discount of 20%. The total of all discounts shall not exceed $64,000. Any additional discounted fees will be calculated as follows:

(Total program revenues in the previous fiscal year minus direct program costs for the previous fiscal year) multiplied by 0.75 equals the additional discounts to be distributed to program participants. Additional discounts will be distributed to participants at the E3 level of participation in equal whole percentages.

4. If the calculated total of all facilities' discounts to annual fees exceeds $64,000, the department shall reevaluate the discounts offered to VEEP participants and shall begin the regulatory process to revise the discounts offered to VEEP participants.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15:6 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004.

Part IV
Biosolids and Industrial Residuals Fees and Reimbursable Costs

9VAC25-20-146. Established fees.

A. Land appliers shall remit the established fees to the department as specified in this regulation. The land appliers shall collect the required fees from the owners of the sewage treatment works and facilities that generate Class B biosolids and exceptional quality biosolids cake that are land applied. The land appliers shall collect the required fees from the owners of the industrial waste treatment facilities and other facilities that generate the industrial residuals that are land applied in localities that have adopted ordinances in accordance with § 62.1-44.16 D of the Code of Virginia. Such works and facilities shall be approved sources of biosolids or industrial residuals in accordance with 9VAC25-31 or 9VAC25-32. Land application shall only include biosolids or industrial residuals from approved sources as listed in the land application permit. The established fee shall be imposed on each dry ton of Class B biosolids and exceptional quality biosolids cake that is land applied in the Commonwealth of Virginia in accordance with 9VAC25-31 or 9VAC25-32. The established fee shall be imposed on each dry ton of industrial residuals that is land applied in localities that have adopted ordinances in accordance with § 62.1-44.16 D of the Code of Virginia.

B. The amount of the established fee and disbursement are as follows:

1. The fee shall be $7.50 per dry ton of Class B biosolids land applied in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2. The fee shall be $3.75 per dry ton of exceptional quality biosolids land applied as a cake in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

3. The fee shall be $5.00 per dry ton of industrial residuals land applied in localities that have adopted ordinances in accordance with § 62.1-44.16 D of the Code of Virginia.

4. Disbursement of the established fees collected by the department for the land application of biosolids or industrial residuals shall be made to reimburse or partially reimburse those counties, cities and towns with duly adopted local ordinances that submit documentation of reimbursable expenses acceptable to the department as provided for in this regulation.

5. Disbursement of the established fees collected by the department for the land application of biosolids shall be made to reimburse the Department of Conservation and Recreation's costs for implementation of the biosolids application program.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-147. Records and reports.

A. Records. Permittees shall maintain complete records of the land application activities and amounts of Class B biosolids, exceptional quality biosolids cake, and industrial residuals that they land apply in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Such records shall be maintained by the permittee for five years after the date of the activity in a form that is available for inspection by the department. Records of land application activities shall include at minimum:

1. Name of permittee, DEQ permit number, and dates of activity.

2. Identification of land application site, including the DEQ control number.

3. The source of Class B biosolids, exceptional quality biosolids cake, or industrial residuals and the field area receiving those biosolids or industrial residuals.

4. The amount of Class B biosolids, exceptional quality biosolids cake, or industrial residuals applied in dry tons and the method and calculations used to determine the reported value.

5. Name of responsible representative of permittee and a statement signed and dated by that representative indicating that the information submitted has been verified by that representative as correctly reported in accordance with this regulation.

B. Reports and notification. The permittee shall submit a monthly report by the 15th day of each month for land application activity that occurred in the previous calendar month, unless another date is specified in the permit in accordance with 9VAC25-32-80 I 4. The report shall include (i) the recorded information listed in subsection A of this section and (ii) a calculation of the total fee. The submitted report shall include a summary list of the total amount of Class B biosolids, exceptional quality biosolids cake, and industrial residuals land-applied and the calculated fee based on the land-applied Class B biosolids, exceptional quality biosolids cake, and industrial residuals for each county in which land application occurred. If no land application occurs under a permit during the calendar month, a report shall be submitted stating that no land application occurred.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. October 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-148. Reimbursable local monitoring costs.

A. Reasonable expenses for the following types of activities may be submitted for reimbursement:

1. Charges for reviewing the permit to identify potential health and environmental protection issues upon notification by the permittee that operations will be initiated on permitted sites.

2. Charges and expenses, including local travel for site monitoring, inspections, collection and delivery of biosolids, industrial residuals, or soil samples to a nearby laboratory and examination of records.

3. Charges for recordkeeping.

4. Charges for complaint and incident response.

5. Charges for biosolids, industrial residuals, and soil sample testing costs.

6. Charges for the training of local monitors.

B. Charges for site monitoring not associated with determining compliance with state or federal law or regulation are ineligible for reimbursement.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

9VAC25-20-149. Reimbursement of local monitoring costs.

A. Reimbursement of local monitoring costs deemed reasonable by the department will be made for costs up to $2.50 per dry ton of biosolids or industrial residuals land applied in a county during the period of time specified in the submitted invoice. Costs of up to $4.00 per dry ton of biosolids or industrial residuals land applied in a county during the period of time that the costs were incurred may be reimbursed with prior approval from the department.

B. Application. A local government must submit a reimbursement application to request reimbursement from the department. All information shall be clearly typed or printed and all required or supporting documents must be attached. The county administrator or designated local monitor shall sign and date the application where indicated. The original signed application with one copy of each of the supporting documents shall be submitted to the department. Applications may not be submitted by facsimile or through electronic means. A reimbursement invoice form as described in this regulation must be completed before a reimbursement application can be submitted. The invoice form must include all expenses for which reimbursement is requested during the designated time period.

C. Application forms and submittal. The application for reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days of the last day of the month in which the reimbursable activity occurred. All applications received after this time frame will be ineligible for reimbursement. The following is a description of the application forms and an explanation of their use. The application forms and detailed instructions can be obtained from the department.

1. Form 1 - Reimbursement Application. An invoice form shall be submitted with each application for reimbursement. The invoice form shall list all reimbursable charges. To be reimbursed for eligible expenses, an applicant must provide documentation to demonstrate that the expenses were incurred. Invoices are acceptable proof of incurred expenses. Invoices signed by the local monitor or agent who performed or managed the monitoring activities shall be legible. All invoices are to include the following:

a. DEQ permit number and site identification;

b. DEQ control number for application fields;

c. Land applier's name;

d. Date and type of activity monitored;

e. Name of local monitor;

f. Number of hours to be reimbursed and charge per hour;

g. List of expenses for which reimbursement is sought; and

h. Type of sampling activity performed and associated laboratory expense vouchers.

2. The application requires the county administrator to certify that the responsible official has read and understands the requirements for reimbursement and that the application submitted is not fraudulent. The local monitor must attest to the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.

3. Form 2 - Multiple Owners Payment Assignment Form. When there are multiple local governments as claimants, a separate, signed and notarized invoice form for each claimant must be filled out and submitted with the application.

D. Processing applications.

1. If contacted by the department regarding an incomplete reimbursement application, an applicant will have 14 days from the date of the call or letter to submit the information requested and correct deficiencies. Extensions of the 14-day deadline will not be granted. An application that does not contain all of the required information after the 14-day time frame may be rejected.

2. Only invoices pertaining to the monitoring activity claimed in the current application will be accepted. Costs omitted from previous claims are ineligible for reimbursement in subsequent claims. Invoices submitted in previous claims are not eligible documentation for reimbursement of costs in subsequent claims. To reduce the risk of disqualification of costs, costs for different monitoring activities should be invoiced separately. If possible, invoices should be structured so that costs are grouped according to task or activity.

E. Reconsideration process.

1. Claimants may submit a written response indicating why they believe costs denied on the reimbursement decision should be paid.

2. If the claimant disagrees with the decision in the reimbursement payment package, a notice of intent (NOI) to object and a reconsideration claim form must be submitted to the department within the filing deadlines specified in the reconsideration procedure package:

a. If filing deadlines are not met, the decision in the reimbursement payment package is final. This written objection shall be in the format specified in the reconsideration procedure package and explain the reasons for disagreement with the decisions in the reimbursement payment letter and supply any additional supporting documentation.

b. Upon receipt of this information and at the claimant's request, the department may schedule a reconsideration meeting to reevaluate the denied costs.

3. Claimants will be given an opportunity to contest the reimbursement decisions in accordance with the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia). Within the filing deadline, the claimant must submit a written summary of the issues that will be contested using the reconsideration claim form.

4. The reconsideration procedures provide the department the opportunity to correct certain errors as follows:

a. Failure of the reviewer to verify an invoice form that was received prior to completing the verification package for the reimbursement.

b. Errors the reviewer makes in verifying an invoice form.

c. Failure of the claimant to submit all invoices.

5. Errors ineligible for reconsideration. Notwithstanding the above, some types of errors cannot be corrected using the reconsideration process. It is the responsibility of the claimant or consultant, or both, to ensure that all application forms (invoice forms, and sampling and testing verification) are complete and accurate. The following types of errors may result in a denial of costs:

a. Items omitted from the invoice;

b. Unverified sampling and testing results;

c. Additions or revisions to the invoice forms submitted after the reviewer forwards the verification package to the department;

d. Using one invoice in multiple claims. Invoices submitted in an application cannot be used as documentation for reimbursement of costs in subsequent claims;

e. Failure to claim performed work on the invoice form;

f. Failure to claim sampling and testing costs as authorized; or

g. Failure to obtain prior approval from the department for costs that exceed $2.50 per dry ton of biosolids or industrial residuals land applied.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15:6, 62.1-44.16, and 62.1-44.19:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24 Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2016.

Part V
Delegation of Authority

9VAC25-20-150. Delegation of authority.

The director, or his designee, may perform any action of the State Water Control Board provided under this chapter, except as limited by § 62.1-44.14 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR680-01-01 § 4.1, eff. July 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

Forms (9VAC25-20)

Department of Environmental Quality Water Division Permit Application Fee Form, Form 5 (rev. 10/2018)

Biosolids Land Application Local Monitoring Expenses Reimbursement Invoice, Form 1 (rev. 6/2013)

Biosolids Land Application Local Monitoring Expenses Multiple Owners Payment Assignment, Form 2 (rev. 6/2013)

Biosolids Land Application Fee Reimbursement Notice of Intent to Seek Reconsideration, Form 3 (rev. 8/2007)

Biosolids Land Application Fee Reimbursement Reconsideration Claim Form, Form 4 (rev. 8/2007)



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