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11/30/2021

Part XII. Permit Application and Annual Fees

9VAC20-60-1260. Purpose, scope, and applicability.

A. The purpose of this part is to establish a schedule of fees collected by the department in the support of its programs required by Parts III (9VAC20-60-270 et seq.), IV (9VAC20-60-305 et seq.) and VII (9VAC20-60-420 et seq.) of this chapter.

B. Part XII (9VAC20-60-1260 et seq.) of this chapter applies to all persons required to submit a permit application ("applicants") under 9VAC20-60-270 unless specifically exempt under subsection G of this section, to facilities operating under interim status, to facilities subject to an order or agreement, and to all large quantity generators. The fees shall be assessed in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1270 through 9VAC20-60-1286.

C. When the director finds it necessary to modify any permit under 9VAC20-60-270, the holder of that permit shall be considered an applicant and shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1270 C even if the director shall have initiated the modification action.

D. When the director finds it necessary to revoke and reissue any permit in accordance with 9VAC20-60-270, the holder of that permit shall be considered an applicant for a new permit and shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1270 B.

E. If the director finds it necessary either to revoke and reissue a permit or to perform a minor modification of a permit in accordance with 9VAC20-60-270, the holder of that permit shall be considered an applicant and shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1270 D. The holder of a permit shall not be assessed a permit modification fee for minor modifications.

F. When the director finds it necessary to issue an emergency treatment, storage, or disposal permit in accordance with 9VAC20-60-270, the holder of that permit shall be considered an applicant and shall be assessed a fee in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1270 E.

G. Exemptions.

1. The owners and operators of HWM treatment, storage, and disposal facilities who have submitted Part A of their application and who have qualified for interim status in accordance with 9VAC20-60-270 are exempt from the requirements of 9VAC20-60-1270 until a Part B application for the entire facility or a portion of the facility has been requested or voluntarily submitted. The owner and operator of a HWM facility submitting a Part B application will be considered an applicant for a new permit.

2. The owners and operators of HWM facilities that are deemed to possess a permit by rule in accordance with 9VAC20-60-270 are exempt from the requirements of 9VAC20-60-1270.

3. Hazardous waste generators that accumulate wastes on site in accordance with 40 CFR 262.34 are not subject to regulations contained in 9VAC20-60-1270 since HWM permits are not required for such accumulations.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; 40 CFR Parts 260 through 272.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-10-1 § 12, eff. January 1, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 4, eff. January 1, 1989; Volume 6, Issue 6, eff. February 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 9, Issue 23, eff. September 8, 1993; Volume 15, Issue 9, eff. February 17, 1999; Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. August 27, 2014.

9VAC20-60-1270. Determination of application fee amount.

A. General.

1. Each application for a new or renewed permit and each application for a modification to a permit is a separate action and shall be assessed a separate fee. The amount of such fees is determined on the basis of this section.

2. The amount of the permit application fee is based on the costs directly associated with the permitting program required by Parts III (9VAC20-60-270 et seq.) and VII (9VAC20-60-420 et seq.) of this chapter and includes costs for personnel and contractual effort and the prorated costs of supplies, equipment, communications and office space. The fee schedules are shown in 9VAC20-60-1285.

B. New HWM facility permits.

1. All applicants for new or renewed hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility permits are assessed a base fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 A.

2. Applicants for a facility permit that includes one or more of the hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal units or processes that require groundwater protection or corrective action for solid waste management units in accordance with Subpart F of 40 CFR Part 264, Subpart K of 40 CFR Part 264, Subpart L of 40 CFR Part 264, Subpart M of 40 CFR Part 264, and Subpart N of 40 CFR Part 264, as applicable, ("land-based TSD units") are assessed a supplementary fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 A, in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate.

3. Applicants for a facility permit that includes one or more hazardous waste incineration, boiler, or industrial furnace units or processes regulated in accordance with Subpart O of 40 CFR Part 264 are assessed a supplementary fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 A, in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate.

4. Applicants for a facility permit for storage of hazardous wastes in containers, tanks or drip pads, or both, subject to Subpart I of 40 CFR Part 264, Subpart J of 40 CFR Part 264, and Subpart W of 40 CFR Part 264 will not be assessed any supplementary fees unless required to close and perform post-closure care as landfills as provided for in 40 CFR 264.197(b) and 40 CFR 264.571(b).

C. Modifications to existing HWM facility permits.

1. Except as provided for in subsection E of this section, all applicants for a modification of an existing HWM facility permit are assessed a modification base fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B.

2. Applicants for a modification that includes or involves the addition of hazardous wastes not currently in the permit are assessed a supplementary modification fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B, in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate.

3. Applicants for a major (Class 3) modification that includes or involves corrective action for solid waste management units under 40 CFR 264.101 and Title 40, Subpart S shall be assessed a supplementary modification fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B in addition to supplementary fees specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate.

4. Applicants for a major (Class 3) modification that includes or involves the addition of one or more new hazardous waste land-based TSD units or processes, or requires a substantive change in the design of the existing land-based TSD units or processes, are assessed a supplementary modification fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate. For the purpose of this subsection, it will be deemed that a major change is required whenever a change in the design of the groundwater protection system or whenever a new land treatment demonstration permit specified in 9VAC20-60-270 is necessary.

5. Applicants for a major (Class 3) modification that includes or involves the addition of one or more hazardous waste incineration units or processes, or requires a substantive change in the design of an existing incineration unit or process, are assessed a supplementary modification fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B, in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate. For the purposes of this subsection, it will be deemed that a major change is required whenever a change occurs that necessitates the performance of a trial burn in accordance with 9VAC20-60-270.

6. Applicants for a major (Class 3) modification that includes or involves new treatment, storage or disposal units, processes or areas, or requires a substantive change in the design of any existing hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal units, processes or areas, neither of which is a hazardous waste land-based TSD or incineration unit, are assessed a supplementary modification fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B, in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection and any other supplementary fee that may be appropriate. For the purposes of this subsection, expansion of an existing container storage facility is not considered to be a major change.

7. Applicants for a modification that is not a minor modification and is a substantive (Class 2) as specified in 9VAC20-60-270 and that is not subject to the requirements of subdivisions 2 through 6 of this subsection are assessed a supplementary modification fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 B, in addition to the base fee specified in subdivision 1 of this subsection.

8. Applicants for numerous modifications subject to several supplementary fees will not be assessed a permit application fee in excess to the one required for a new permit for a comparable HWM facility.

D. Minor modifications of existing HWM facility permits. All applicants for minor (Class 1) modification of an existing HWM facility permit provided for in 9VAC20-60-270 are not assessed a fee.

E. Emergency permits. Applicants for an emergency hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal permit as provided for in 9VAC20-60-270 are assessed a fee shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 D, unless the director shall determine that a lesser fee is appropriate at the time the permit is issued. No permit fee will be assessed for emergency treatment, storage, or disposal necessary for the remediation of abandoned or orphaned hazardous waste by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation, a U.S. Department of Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, a U.S. Army Technical Escort Unit or other federal government entities trained in explosive or munitions emergency response. No permit fee will be assessed for emergency treatment, storage, or disposal when a determination has been made by the Commonwealth that circumstances dictate expedient action to protect human health and environmental quality.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; 40 CFR Parts 260 through 272.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-10-1 § 12.1, eff. January 1, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 4, eff. January 1, 1989; Volume 6, Issue 6, eff. February 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 9, Issue 23, eff. September 8, 1993; Volume 15, Issue 9, eff. February 17, 1999; Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. August 27, 2014.

9VAC20-60-1280. Payment of application fees.

A. Due date.

1. Except as specified in subdivision 2 of this subsection, all permit application fees are due on the day of application and must accompany the application.

2. All holders of a Virginia HWM facility permit issued prior to January 1, 1988, shall submit the application fees as required by the conditions specified in that permit.

B. Method of payment. Fees shall be paid by check, draft or postal money order made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia" and shall be sent to the Department of Environmental Quality, Receipts Control, P.O. Box 1104, Richmond, VA 23218. When the department is able to accept electronic payments, payments may be submitted electronically.

C. Incomplete payments. All incomplete payments will be deemed nonpayments.

D. Late payment. No applications will be deemed to be complete (see 9VAC20-60-270) until the department receives proper payment.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 and Article 4 (§ 10.1-1426 et seq.) of Chapter 14 of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; and 40 CFR Parts 260-272.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-10-1 § 12.2, eff. January 1, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 4, eff. January 1, 1989; Volume 6, Issue 6, eff. February 1, 1990; Volume 7, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 9, Issue 23, eff. September 8, 1993; Volume 15, Issue 9, eff. February 17, 1999; Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. August 15, 2012.

9VAC20-60-1283. Determination of annual fee amount.

A. Each operator of a hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facility shall be assessed an annual fee as shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 E to be paid in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1284.

B. Each large quantity generator of hazardous waste shall be assessed an annual fee as shown in 9VAC20-60-1285 F to be paid in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1284.

C. A hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facility operating under interim status and a facility subject to an order or agreement operate by accession and shall be assessed an annual fee as described in 9VAC20-60-1285 E to be paid in accordance with 9VAC20-60-1284.

An order or agreement may be issued to the operator of a facility, a generator, or a person who is both a facility operator and a generator. If a person is issued an order or agreement whose terms allow that person to conduct an activity that is by these regulations reserved for persons operating a facility under a permit or interim status, that person shall be considered to be operating a facility subject to an order or agreement. If the order or agreement is issued to a generator and the terms of the order do not allow that person to conduct any activity that is by these regulations reserved for persons operating a facility under a permit or interim status and the person is not otherwise operating a facility at the site of generation, that person shall not be considered to be operating a facility subject to an order or agreement.

D. Annual fees are separate and accumulative. However, a facility that is assessed an annual fee as a facility shall not also be assessed a second annual fee as a large quantity generator for hazardous waste generated at that facility.

E. Anyone who operates a facility (including those described in subsections A and C of this section) or who is a large quantity generator at any time during the year shall be assessed the full annual fee amount no matter how short the period the facility is operated or how briefly the generator is a large quantity generator. A generator who is a large quantity generator episodically or provisionally (having received a provisional EPA Identification Number) shall be assessed the full annual fee for any year in which the generator was a large quantity generator. For the evaluation of facility status or of generator status, the annual year shall be considered to be from January 1 to December 31.

F. No annual fee as a facility or large quantity generator will be assessed for emergency treatment, storage, or disposal necessary for the remediation of abandoned or orphaned hazardous waste by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation, a U.S. Department of Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, a U.S. Army Technical Escort Unit or other federal government entities trained in explosive or munitions emergency response. No annual fee will be assessed for emergency treatment, storage, or disposal when a determination has been made by the Commonwealth that circumstances dictate expedient action to protect human health and environmental quality.

Persons who are remediating a brownfield as defined in the Brownfield Restoration and Land Renewal Act (§ 10.1-1230 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) shall not be assessed an annual fee as a large quantity generator with regard to hazardous waste management activities at a waste management unit and that result from the remediation of the brownfield.

G. Discounted annual fees may be offered based on the criteria listed in 9VAC20-60-1286. An operator of a facility or a large quantity generator will be notified by the department if discounted annual fees are applicable.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; 40 CFR Parts 260 through 272.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. August 27, 2014.

9VAC20-60-1284. Payment of annual fees.

A. Due date. The operator of the treatment, storage, or disposal facility and each large quantity generator shall pay the correct fees to the Department of Environmental Quality. The department may bill the facility or generator for amounts due or becoming due in the immediate future. All payments are due and shall be received by the department no later than the first day of October 2004 (for the 2003 annual year), and no later than the first day of October of each succeeding year thereafter (for the preceding annual year) unless a later payment date is specified by the department in writing.

B. Method of payment.

1. The operator of the facility or the large quantity generator shall send a payment transmittal letter to the Department of Environmental Quality. The letter shall contain the name and address of the facility or generator, the Federal Identification Number (FIN) for the facility or generator, the amount of the payment enclosed, and the period that the payment covers. With the transmittal letter shall be payment in full for the correct fees due for the annual period. A copy of the transmittal letter only shall be maintained at the facility or the site where the hazardous waste was generated.

2. Fees shall be paid by check, draft or postal money order made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia" and shall be sent to the Department of Environmental Quality, Receipts Control, P.O. Box 1104, Richmond, VA 23218. When the department is able to accept electronic payments, payments may be submitted electronically.

C. Late payment and incomplete payments. In addition to any other provision provided by statute for the enforcement of these regulations, 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 also 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

§ 10.1-1402 and Article 4 (§ 10.1-1426 et seq.) of Chapter 14 of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; and 40 CFR Parts 260-272.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. August 15, 2012.

9VAC20-60-1285. Permit application fee and annual fee schedules.

(The effective date of this fee schedule is August 27, 2014.)

Table 1. Permit Application Fees.

A. New or renewed TSD facility fees.

Elements of applications

Base fee for all facilities, including corrective action for solid waste management units.

$16,900

Supplementary fee for one or more land-based TSD units, including corrective action for solid waste management units.

$39,280

Supplementary fee for one or more incineration, boiler, or industrial furnace units (BIF).

$25,200

B. Major (Class 3) permit modification fees.

Elements of applications for major permit modifications

Base fee for all major (Class 3) modifications, including major changes related to corrective action for solid waste management unit.

$90

Addition of new wastes.

$2,310

Addition of or major (Class 3) change to one or more land-based TSD units, including major change related to corrective action for land-based solid waste management units.

$45,070

Addition of or major (Class 3) change to one or more incineration, boiler, or industrial furnace units.

$33,790

Addition of or major (Class 3) change to other treatment, storage or disposal units, processes or areas and major change related to corrective action for solid waste management units that are not land based.

$14,050

Substantive changes (Class 2).

$2,310

C. Minor (Class 1) permit modification fees.

Type of application

Minor (Class 1) permit modification fee.

$0

D. Emergency permit fee.

Type of application

Emergency permit fee.

$2,310

Table 2. Annual Fees.

E. Facilities fees.

Permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facility.

$2,800

Interim status treatment, storage, and disposal facility.

$2,800

Facility subject to an order or agreement.

$2,800

F. Large quantity generator fees.

Large quantity generators.

$1,000

Illustrative Examples

Example 1.

The applicant is submitting a Part B application for a HWM permit for a facility consisting of several surface impoundments, a land treatment process and an ancillary tank and container storage facility. The required fee is calculated as follows:

Base fee

+

Supplementary fee for land-based TSD units

+

Tank storage facility (see 9VAC20-60-1270 B 4)

=

Total fee

Example 2.

After a HWM facility permit has been issued to the facility described in Example 1, the owner and the operator of the facility propose to change the manufacturing process and apply for a modification to allow for an addition of several new hazardous streams to be treated in two new incinerators. The required modification fee is calculated from subsection B of this section as follows:

Base fee

+

Addition of new wastes

+

Addition of new incineration units

=

Total modification fee

The fee for a comparable new permit calculated on the basis of subsection A of this section is as follows:

Base fee

+

Supplementary fee for land-based units

+

Supplementary fee for incineration units

+

Storage facility

=

Total fee

Example 3.

After a HWM facility permit has been issued to the facility described in Example 1, the owner and the operator of the facility propose to expand their container storage facility for a storage of additional new waste streams, and apply for a permit modification. The required modification fee is calculated from subsection B of this section as follows:

Base fee

+

Addition of a new waste

+

Fee for nonsubstantive change

=

Total modification fee

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; 40 CFR Parts 260 through 272.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2004; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. August 27, 2014; Errata 31:13 VA.R. 1344 February 23, 2015.

9VAC20-60-1286. Discounted annual fees for Environmental Excellence program participants.

A. The term "Virginia Environmental Excellence Program" or "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 environmental management systems that improve compliance, prevent pollution, and utilize other measures to improve environmental performance.

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

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

D. Eligibility for reduced annual 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 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 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 fees for up to a maximum of three years.

G. Prior to distributing bills for annual fees, the department shall calculate the discounted hazardous waste management annual fees. The total amount of facilities' discounts to hazardous waste management annual fees shall not exceed $26,000 annually.

1. The total of a 10% discount for each participant at the E3 level of participation and a 5.0% discount for each participant at the E2 level of participation shall be calculated.

2. If the calculated total of the discounts to annual fees would exceed $26,000, annual fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall be discounted 5.0%, additional discounts of annual fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall not be available, and annual fees for participants at the E2 level of participation shall not be discounted,

3. If the calculated total of the discounts to annual fees would not exceed $26,000, annual fees for participants at the E3 level of participation shall be discounted 10%, annual fees for participants at the E2 level of participation shall be discounted 5.0%, 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 $26,000. 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 exceeds $26,000, 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

§ 10.1-1402 and Article 4 (§ 10.1-1426 et seq.) of Chapter 14 of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 6921 et seq.; and 40 CFR Parts 260-272.

Historical Notes

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

9VAC20-60-1286:1. APPENDIX 12.1. [REPEALED]

APPENDIX 12.1. [REPEALED]

Historical Notes

Amended, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 9, eff. February 17, 1999; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002.

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