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Chapter 173-224 WAC Wastewater discharge permit fees

Last Update: 5/30/06


DISPOSITIONS OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS CHAPTER
173-224-070 Credits. [Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21A RCW. 89-12-027 and 90-07-015 (Order 89-8 and 89-8A), 173-224-070, filed 5/31/89 and 3/13/90, effective 4/13/90.] Repealed by 96-03-041 (Order 94-21), filed 1/10/96, effective 2/10/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 90.48 RCW.



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173-224-015
Purpose.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a fee system for state waste discharge and NPDES permits issued by the department pursuant to RCW 90.48.160, 90.48.162, or 90.48.260. RCW 90.48.465 authorizes the department to base fees on factors related to the complexity of permit issuance and compliance and to charge fees to fully recover, but not exceed the costs of the permit program based on expenses incurred in the issuance and comprehensive administration of state waste discharge and NPDES permits. Fee amounts contained in this chapter represent the department's true estimate of fee eligible permit program costs and reflect the department's commitment to fully recover all eligible expenses. The department shall continue to examine the feasibility of adopting, when applicable, alternative permit fee systems. Any alternative fee system, such as variable permit fees, shall ensure continued full recovery of eligible program costs and may be based on pollutant loading and toxicity and may be designed to encourage recycling and reduction of the quantity of pollutants.



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 90.48 RCW. 92-03-131 (Order 91-45), 173-224-015, filed 1/21/92, effective 2/21/92. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21A RCW. 89-12-027 and 90-07-015 (Order 89-8 and 89-8A), 173-224-015, filed 5/31/89 and 3/13/90, effective 4/13/90.]




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173-224-020
Applicability.
This chapter applies to all persons holding or applying for a state waste discharge or NPDES permit issued by the department pursuant to RCW 90.48.160, 90.48.162, 90.48.200 or 90.48.260, including persons holding permits that remain in effect under WAC 173-216-040, 173-220-180(5), or 173-226-050. This chapter does not apply when a wastewater discharge permit is written for a state conducted remedial action under the Model Toxics Control Act. That is, ecology will not charge itself for wastewater discharge permits written for sites where the agency is conducting a cleanup.



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 90.48 RCW. 94-10-027 (Order 93-08), 173-224-020, filed 4/28/94, effective 5/29/94; 92-03-131 (Order 91-45), 173-224-020, filed 1/21/92, effective 2/21/92. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21A RCW. 89-12-027 and 90-07-015 (Order 89-8 and 89-8A), 173-224-020, filed 5/31/89 and 3/13/90, effective 4/13/90.]




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173-224-030
Definitions.
"Administrative expenses" means those costs associated with issuing and administering permits under RCW 90.48.160, 90.48.162, and 90.48.260.

"Aggregate production" means the mining or quarrying of sand, gravel, or rock, or the production of concrete, or asphalt or a combination thereof.

"Aluminum and magnesium reduction mills" means the electrolytic reduction of alumina or magnesium salts to produce aluminum or magnesium metal.

"Animal unit" means the following:


Animal Type Number of Animals per Animal Unit
Dairy Cows
Jersey Breed
Milking Cow 0.900
Dry Cow 0.900
Heifer 0.220
Calf 0.220
Other Breeds
Milking Cow 1.400
Dry Cow 1.000
Heifer 0.800
Calf 0.500
Feedlot Beef 0.877
Horses 0.500
Sheep 0.100
Swine for breeding 0.375
Swine for slaughter 0.110
Laying hens pullets > 3 months 0.004
Broilers pullets < 3 months 0.002

For those concentrated animal feeding operations not listed on the above table, the department will use 1,000 pounds of live animal weight and the weight of the type of animal in determining the number of animal units.

"Annual permit fee" means the fee charged by the department for annual expenses associated with activities specified in RCW 90.48.465. This annual fee is based on the state's fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

"bbls/d" means barrels per day of feedstock for petroleum refineries.

"bins/yr" means total standard bins used during the last complete calendar year by a facility in the crop preparing industry. The bins measure approximately 47.5 inches x 47.4 inches x 29.5 inches and hold approximately 870 pounds of fruit.

"Chemical pulp mill w/chlorine bleaching" means any pulp mill that uses chlorine or chlorine compounds in their bleaching process.

"Combined food processing waste treatment facility" means a facility that treats wastewater from more than one separately permitted food processor and receives no domestic wastewater or waste from industrial sources other than food processing.

"Combined industrial waste treatment" means a facility which treats wastewater from more than one industry in any of the following categories: Inorganic chemicals, metal finishing, ore concentration, organic chemicals, or photofinishers.

"Combined sewer overflow (CSO)" means the event during which excess combined sewage flow caused by inflow is discharged from a combined sewer, rather than conveyed to the sewage treatment plant because either the capacity of the treatment plant or the combined sewer is exceeded.

"Concentrated animal feeding operation" means an "animal feeding operation" that meets the criteria in Appendix B of 40 CFR 122 as presently enacted and any subsequent modifications thereto.

"Contaminants of concern" means a chemical for which an effluent limit is established (this does not include pH, flow, temperature, or other "nonchemical parameters"). Petroleum constituents will be considered as one contaminant of concern even if more than one effluent limit is established (e.g., Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons and BTEX).

"Crane" means a machine used for the hoisting and lifting of ship hulls.

"Crop preparing" means the preparation of fruit for wholesale or retail sale by washing and/or other processes in which the skin of the fruit is not broken and in which the interior part of the fruit does not come in direct contact with the wastewater.

"cu. yds/yr" means the total production from an aggregate production facility in cubic yards during the most recent completed calendar year.

"Department" means the department of ecology.

"Director" means the director of the department of ecology.

"Disturbed acres" means the total area which will be disturbed during all phases of the construction project or common plan of development or sale. This includes all clearing, grading, and excavating, and any other activity which disturbs the surface of the land.

"Domestic wastewater" means water carrying human wastes, including kitchen, bath, and laundry wastes from residences, buildings, industrial establishments or other places, together with any ground water infiltration or surface waters that may be present.

"Domestic wastewater facility" means all structures, equipment, or processes required to collect, carry away, treat, reclaim or dispose of domestic wastewater together with such industrial waste as may be present.

"Existing operations" means those industrial operations requiring a wastewater discharge permit before July 1, 1993.

"EPA" means the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

"Fin fish rearing and hatching" means the raising of fin fish for fisheries enhancement or sale, by means of hatcheries, net pens, or other confined fish facilities.

"Flavor extraction" means the recovery of flavors or essential oils from organic products by steam distillation.

"Food processing" means the preparation of food for human or animal consumption or the preparation of animal byproducts, excluding crop preparing. This category includes, but is not limited to, fruit and vegetable processing, meat and poultry products processing, dairy products processing, beer production, rendering and animal feed production. Food processing wastewater treatment plants that treat wastes from only one separately permitted food processor must be treated as one facility for billing purposes.

"Gross revenue for business" means the gross income from Washington business activities as reported to the Washington state department of revenue.

"Hazardous waste clean up sites" means any facility where there has been confirmation of a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance that requires remedial action other than RCRA corrective action sites.

"Industrial facility" means any facility not included in the definition of municipal/domestic facility.

"Industrial gross revenue" means the annual amount of the sales of goods and services produced using the processes regulated by the wastewater discharge permit.

"Industrial storm water" means an operation required to be covered under ecology's NPDES and state waste discharge baseline general permit for storm water discharges associated with industrial activities or modifications to that permit or having an individual wastewater permit for storm water only.

"MGD" means permitted flow expressed in million gallons per day.

"Manufacturing" means the making of goods and articles by hand or especially, by machinery into a manufactured product.

"Median household income" means the most recent available census data, updated yearly based on inflation rates as measured by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and published as the Consumer Price Index.

"Metal finishing" means the preparation of metal surfaces by means of electroplating, electroless plating, anodizing, coating (chromating, phosphating and coloring), chemical etching and milling, and printed circuit board manufacture.

"Municipal/domestic facility" means a publicly owned facility treating domestic wastewater together with any industrial wastes that may be present, or a privately owned facility treating solely domestic wastewater.

"Municipal gross revenue" means gross receipts from monthly, bimonthly, and/or quarterly user charges for sewer services received from all classes of customers;

Included in these user charges are user charges and fees based on wastewater constituents' strengths and characteristics including high-strength surcharges and charges based on biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, oil and grease, toxicants, heavy metals, and flow, etc.

Municipal gross revenue includes charges for receipt and treatment of septic tank wastes, holding tank wastes, chemical toilet wastes, etc.

Municipal gross revenue includes all amounts received from other municipalities for sewage interception, treatment, collection, or disposal.

Gross revenue excludes:

Amounts derived by municipalities directly from taxes levied for the support or maintenance of sewer services.

Late charges, penalties for nontimely payment by customers, interest on late payments, and all other penalties and fines.

Permit fees and compliance monitoring fees for wastewater discharge permits issued by municipalities with local pretreatment programs. Permit fees which are charged to cover the cost of providing sewer service are not excluded from municipal gross revenue.

Receipts by a municipality of special assessments or installments thereof and interests and penalties thereon, and charges in lieu of assessments.

Connection charges.

Revenues from sales of by-products such as sludge, processed wastewater, etc.

"Municipality" means a city, town, county, district, association, or other public body created by or in accordance with state law and that has jurisdiction over disposal of sewage, industrial wastes, or other wastes, or an Indian tribe or an authorized Indian tribal organization, or a designated and approved management agency under 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1288. State government agencies are not included in this definition.

"Noncontact cooling water with additives" means water used for cooling that does not come into direct contact with any raw materials, intermediate product, waste product or finished product, but which may contain chemicals or additives added by the permittee to control corrosion or fouling of the cooling system.

"Noncontact cooling water without additives" means water used for cooling that does not come into direct contact with any raw material, intermediate product, waste product or finished product, and which does not contain chemicals added by the permittee. The noncontact cooling water fee without additives category applies to those facilities which discharge only noncontact cooling water and which have no other wastewater discharges required to be permitted under RCW 90.48.160, 90.48.162, and 90.48.260.

"Nonferrous metals forming" means the manufacturing of semifinished products from pure metal or metal alloys other than iron or steel or of metals not otherwise classified in WAC 173-224-040(2).

"Nonoperating aggregate site" means a location where previous mining or processing has occurred; that has not been fully reclaimed; that has no current mining or processing, and that may include stockpiles of raw materials or finished products. The permittee may add or withdraw raw materials or finished products from the stockpiles for transportation offsite for processing, use, or sale and still be considered a nonoperating site. This definition can be found in ecology's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State Waste Discharge Permit for Process Water, Storm Water, and Mine Dewatering Water Discharges Associated with Sand and Gravel Operations, Rock Quarries and Similar Mining Facilities including Stockpiles of Mined Materials, Concrete Batch Operations and Asphalt Batch Operations.

"NPDES permit" means a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit issued by the department under Section 402 of the federal Clean Water Act and RCW 90.48.260.

"Person" means any political subdivision, government agency, municipality, industry, public or private corporation, partnership, association, firm, individual, or any other entity whatever.

"Portable facility" means a facility that is designed for mobility and is moved from site to site for short term operations. A portable facility applies only to an asphalt batch plant, portable concrete batch plant and portable rock crusher.

"RCRA" means Resource Conservation Recovery Act clean up sites required to have a wastewater discharge permit resulting from a corrective action under relevant federal authorities or under chapters 70.105 and 70.105D RCW including chapters 173-303 and 173-340 WAC, and are not subject to cost recovery.

"Residential equivalent" means a single-family residence or a unit of sewer service that yields an amount of gross revenue equal to the annual user charge for a single-family residence. In cases where the permit holder does not maintain data on gross revenue, user charges, and/or the number of single-family residences that it serves, "residential equivalent" means an influent flow of two hundred fifty gallons per day.

"Sewer service" means the activity of receiving sewage deposited into and carried off by a system of sewers, drains, and pipes to a common point, or points, for disposal or for transfer to treatment for disposal, and activities involving the interception, transfer, storage, treatment, and/or disposal of sewage, or any of these activities.

"State waste discharge permit" means a permit required under RCW 98.48.260.

"Storm water" means an industrial operation or construction activity discharging storm water runoff as defined in 40 CFR 122.26 (b)(14) or facilities that are permitted as a significant contributor of pollutants as allowed in the federal Clean Water Act at Section 402 (p)(2)(E).

"Tons/yr." means the total production from an asphalt production facility in tons during the most recent completed calendar year.

"Vegetable/bulb washing" means the washing, packing, and shipping of fresh vegetables and bulbs when there is no cooking or cutting of the product before packing.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.48.465. 04-15-046, 173-224-030, filed 7/13/04, effective 8/13/04. Statutory Authority: Chapter 90.48 RCW. 02-12-059, 173-224-030, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02; 00-02-031 (Order 99-03), 173-224-030, filed 12/28/99, effective 1/28/00; 98-03-046 (Order 97-27), 173-224-030, filed 1/15/98, effective 2/15/98; 94-10-027 (Order 93-08), 173-224-030, filed 4/28/94, effective 5/29/94; 92-03-131 (Order 91-45), 173-224-030, filed 1/21/92, effective 2/21/92. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21A RCW. 89-12-027 and 90-07-015 (Order 89-8 and 89-8A), 173-224-030, filed 5/31/89 and 3/13/90, effective 4/13/90.]




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173-224-040
Permit fee schedule.
(1) Application fee. In addition to the annual fee, first time applicants (except those applying for coverage under a general permit) will pay a one time application fee of twenty-five percent of the annual permit fee, or $250.00, whichever is greater. An application fee will be assessed for RCRA sites regardless of whether a new permit is being issued or an existing permit for other than the discharge resulting from the RCRA corrective action, is being modified.

(2) Industrial facility categories.


INDUSTRIAL FACILITY CATEGORIES FY 2007

ANNUAL

PERMIT FEE FY 2008

ANNUAL

PERMIT FEE AND BEYOND
Aluminum Alloys $15,007.00 $15,831.00
Aluminum and Magnesium Reduction Mills
a. NPDES Permit 88,496.00 93,354.00
b. State Permit 44,250.00 46,679.00
Aluminum Forming 45,019.00 47,491.00
Aggregate Production - Individual Permit Coverage
a. Mining Activities
1. Mining, screening, washing and/or crushing 2,582.00 2,724.00
2. Nonoperating aggregate site (fee per site) 106.00 112.00
b. Asphalt Production
1. 0 - < 50,000 tons/yr. 1,076.00 1,135.00
2. 50,000 - < 300,000 tons/yr. 2,583.00 2,725.00
3. 300,000 tons/yr. and greater 3,231.00 3,408.00
c. Concrete Production
1. 0 - < 25,000 cu. yds/yr. 1,076.00 1,135.00
2. 25,000 - < 200,000 cu. yds/yr. 2,583.00 2,725.00
3. 200,000 cu. yds/yr. and greater 3,231.00 3,408.00
The fee for a facility in the aggregate production category is the sum of the applicable fees in the mining activities and concrete and asphalt production categories.
d. Portable Operations
1. Rock Crushing 2,582.00 2,724.00
2. Asphalt 2,582.00 2,724.00
3. Concrete 2,582.00 2,724.00
Aggregate Production - General Permit Coverage
a. Mining Activities
1. Mining, screening, washing and/or crushing 1,807.00 1,906.00
2. Nonoperating aggregate site (fee per site) 75.00 79.00
b. Asphalt Production
1. 0 - < 50,000 tons/yr. 755.00 796.00
2. 50,000 - < 300,000 tons/yr. 1,808.00 1,907.00
3. 300,000 tons/yr. and greater 2,260.00 2,384.00
c. Concrete Production
1. 0 - < 25,000 cu. yds/yr. 755.00 796.00
2. 25,000 - < 200,000 cu. yds/yr. 1,808.00 1,907.00
3. 200,000 cu. yds/yr. and greater 2,260.00 2,384.00
The fee for a facility in the aggregate production category is the sum of the applicable fees in the mining activities and concrete and asphalt production categories.
d. Portable Operations
1. Rock Crushing 1,808.00 1,907.00
2. Asphalt 1,808.00 1,907.00
3. Concrete 1,808.00 1,907.00
Aquaculture
a. Finfish hatching and rearing - Individual Permit 4,501.00 4,748.00
b. Finfish hatching and rearing - General Permit Coverage 3,153.00 3,326.00
c. Shellfish hatching 155.00 164.00
Aquatic Pest Control
a. Irrigation Districts 338.00 357.00
b. Mosquito Control Districts 338.00 357.00
c. Invasive Moth Control 338.00 357.00
d. Aquatic Species Control & Eradication 338.00 357.00
e. Oyster Growers 338.00 357.00
f. Rotenone Control 338.00 357.00
Boat Yards - Individual Permit Coverage
a. With storm water only discharge 384.00 405.00
b. All others 769.00 811.00
Boat Yards - General Permit Coverage
a. With storm water only discharge 268.00 282.00
b. All others 540.00 570.00
Coal Mining and Preparation
a. < 200,000 tons per year 5,999.00 6,328.00
b. 200,000 - < 500,000 tons per year 13,507.00 14,248.00
c. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 tons per year 24,010.00 25,328.00
d. 1,000,000 tons per year and greater 45,019.00 47,491.00
Combined Industrial Waste Treatment
a. < 10,000 gpd 3,001.00 3,166.00
b. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 7,501.00 7,913.00
c. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 15,007.00 15,831.00
d. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 30,012.00 31,659.00
e. 500,000 gpd and greater 45,019.00 47,491.00
Combined Food Processing Waste Treatment Facilities 14,367.00 15,156.00
Combined Sewer Overflow System
a. < 50 acres 3,001.00 3,166.00
b. 50 - < 100 acres 7,501.00 7,913.00
c. 100 - < 500 acres 9,007.00 9,501.00
d. 500 acres and greater 12,004.00 12,663.00
Commercial Laundry 384.00 405.00
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation
a. < 200 Animal Units 154.00 162.00
b. 200 - < 400 Animal Units 384.00 405.00
c. 400 - < 600 Animal Units 769.00 811.00
d. 600 - < 800 Animal Units 1,153.00 1,216.00
e. 800 Animal Units and greater 1,539.00 1,624.00
Crop Preparing - Individual Permit Coverage
a. 0 - < 1,000 bins/yr. 299.00 315.00
b. 1,000 - < 5,000 bins/yr. 601.00 634.00
c. 5,000 - < 10,000 bins/yr. 1,200.00 1,266.00
d. 10,000 - < 15,000 bins/yr. 2,403.00 2,535.00
e. 15,000 - < 20,000 bins/yr. 3,974.00 4,192.00
f. 20,000 - < 25,000 bins/yr. 5,552.00 5,857.00
g. 25,000 - < 50,000 bins/yr. 7,427.00 7,835.00
h. 50,000 - < 75,000 bins/yr. 8,254.00 8,707.00
i. 75,000 - < 100,000 bins/yr. 9,603.00 10,130.00
j. 100,000 - < 125,000 bins/yr. 12,004.00 12,663.00
k. 125,000 - < 150,000 bins/yr. 15,006.00 15,830.00
l. 150,000 bins/yr. and greater 18,008.00 18,997.00
Crop Preparing - General Permit Coverage
a. 0 - < 1,000 bins/yr. 209.00 220.00
b. 1,000 - < 5,000 bins/yr. 420.00 443.00
c. 5,000 - < 10,000 bins/yr. 842.00 888.00
d. 10,000 - < 15,000 bins/yr. 1,682.00 1,774.00
e. 15,000 - < 20,000 bins/yr. 2,783.00 2,936.00
f. 20,000 - < 25,000 bins/yr. 3,887.00 4,100.00
g. 25,000 - < 50,000 bins/yr. 5,198.00 5,483.00
h. 50,000 - < 75,000 bins/yr. 5,777.00 6,094.00
i. 75,000 - < 100,000 bins/yr. 6,717.00 7,086.00
j. 100,000 - < 125,000 bins/yr. 8,405.00 8,866.00
k. 125,000 - < 150,000 bins/yr. 10,504.00 11,081.00
l. 150,000 bins/yr. and greater 12,604.00 13,296.00
Dairies $.50 per Animal Unit not to exceed $1,077.00 for FY 2007 and $1,136.00 for FY 2008 and beyond
Facilities Not Otherwise Classified - Individual Permit Coverage
a. < 1,000 gpd 1,501.00 1,583.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 3,001.00 3,166.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 7,502.00 7,914.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 12,004.00 12,663.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 23,890.00 25,202.00
f. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 30,011.00 31,659.00
g. 1,000,000 gpd and greater 45,019.00 47,490.00
Facilities Not Otherwise Classified - General Permit Coverage
a. < 1,000 gpd 1,052.00 1,110.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 2,177.00 2,297.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 5,254.00 5,542.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 8,405.00 8,866.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 16,805.00 17,728.00
f. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 21,007.00 22,160.00
g. 1,000,000 gpd and greater 31,513.00 33,243.00
Flavor Extraction
a. Steam Distillation 154.00 162.00
Food Processing
a. < 1,000 gpd 1,500.00 1,582.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 3,824.00 4,034.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 6,828.00 7,203.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 10,729.00 11,318.00
e. 100,000 - < 250,000 gpd 15,007.00 15,830.00
f. 250,000 - < 500,000 gpd 19,734.00 20,817.00
g. 500,000 - < 750,000 gpd 24,758.00 26,117.00
h. 750,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 30,011.00 31,659.00
i. 1,000,000 - < 2,500,000 gpd 36,974.00 39,003.00
j. 2,500,000 - < 5,000,000 gpd 41,266.00 43,532.00
k. 5,000,000 gpd and greater 45,019.00 47,491.00
Fuel and Chemical Storage
a. < 50,000 bbls 1,501.00 1,583.00
b. 50,000 - < 100,000 bbls 3,001.00 3,166.00
c. 100,000 - < 500,000 bbls 7,501.00 7,913.00
d. 500,000 bbls and greater 15,007.00 15,831.00
Hazardous Waste Clean Up Sites
a. Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST)
1. State Permit 3,936.00 4,152.00
2. NPDES Permit Issued pre 7/1/94 3,936.00 4,152.00
3. NPDES Permit Issued post 7/1/94 7,871.00 8,303.00
b. Non-LUST Sites
1. 1 or 2 Contaminants of concern 7,696.00 8,118.00
2. > 2 Contaminants of concern 15,391.00 16,236.00
Ink Formulation and Printing
a. Commercial Print Shops 2,308.00 2,435.00
b. Newspapers 3,849.00 4,060.00
c. Box Plants 6,156.00 6,494.00
d. Ink Formulation 7,696.00 8,119.00
Inorganic Chemicals Manufacturing
a. Lime Products 7,501.00 7,913.00
b. Fertilizer 9,031.00 9,527.00
c. Peroxide 12,004.00 12,663.00
d. Alkaline Earth Salts 15,007.00 15,831.00
e. Metal Salts 21,006.00 22,159.00
f. Acid Manufacturing 30,006.00 31,653.00
g. Chlor-alkali 60,024.00 63,319.00
Iron and Steel
a. Foundries 15,007.00 15,831.00
b. Mills 30,039.00 31,688.00
Metal Finishing
a. < 1,000 gpd 1,799.00 1,898.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 3,000.00 3,165.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 7,500.00 7,912.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 15,006.00 15,830.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 30,010.00 31,657.00
f. 500,000 gpd and greater 45,017.00 47,488.00
Noncontact Cooling Water With Additives - Individual Permit Coverage
a. < 1,000 gpd 939.00 991.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 1,310.00 1,382.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 2,816.00 2,971.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 6,567.00 6,928.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 11,252.00 11,870.00
f. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 15,946.00 16,821.00
g. 1,000,000 - < 2,500,000 gpd 20,636.00 21,769.00
h. 2,500,000 - < 5,000,000 gpd 25,216.00 26,600.00
i. 5,000,000 gpd and greater 30,011.00 31,659.00
Noncontact Cooling Water With Additives - General Permit Coverage
a. < 1,000 gpd 657.00 694.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 1,312.00 1,384.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 1,971.00 2,079.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 4,598.00 4,850.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 7,878.00 8,310.00
f. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 11,163.00 11,776.00
g. 1,000,000 - < 2,500,000 gpd 14,444.00 15,237.00
h. 2,500,000 - < 5,000,000 gpd 17,725.00 18,698.00
i. 5,000,000 gpd and greater 21,007.00 22,160.00
Noncontact Cooling Water Without Additives - Individual Permit Coverage
a. < 1,000 gpd 753.00 794.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 1,501.00 1,583.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 2,253.00 2,377.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 5,254.00 5,542.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 9,006.00 9,501.00
f. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 12,754.00 13,454.00
g. 1,000,000 - < 2,500,000 gpd 16,442.00 17,344.00
h. 2,500,000 - < 5,000,000 gpd 20,257.00 21,369.00
i. 5,000,000 gpd and greater 24,010.00 25,328.00
Noncontact Cooling Water Without Additives - General Permit Coverage
a. < 1,000 gpd 526.00 555.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 1,052.00 1,110.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 1,577.00 1,664.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 3,677.00 3,879.00
e. 100,000 - < 500,000 gpd 6,303.00 6,649.00
f. 500,000 - < 1,000,000 gpd 8,929.00 9,419.00
g. 1,000,000 - < 2,500,000 gpd 11,555.00 12,189.00
h. 2,500,000 - < 5,000,000 gpd 14,181.00 14,960.00
i. 5,000,000 gpd and greater 16,805.00 17,728.00
Nonferrous Metals Forming 15,007.00 15,831.00
Ore Mining
a. Ore Mining 3,001.00 3,166.00
b. Ore mining with physical concentration processes 6,000.00 6,329.00
c. Ore mining with physical and chemical concentration processes 24,010.00 25,328.00
Organic Chemicals Manufacturing
a. Fertilizer 15,007.00 15,831.00
b. Aliphatic 30,011.00 31,659.00
c. Aromatic 45,019.00 47,491.00
Petroleum Refining
a. < 10,000 bbls/d 30,011.00 31,659.00
b. 10,000 - < 50,000 bbls/d 59,503.00 62,770.00
c. 50,000 bbls/d and greater 120,054.00 126,645.00
Photofinishers
a. < 1,000 gpd 1,200.00 1,266.00
b. 1,000 gpd and greater 3,001.00 3,166.00
Power and/or Steam Plants
a. Steam Generation - Nonelectric 5,999.00 6,328.00
b. Hydroelectric 5,999.00 6,328.00
c. Nonfossil Fuel 9,005.00 9,499.00
d. Fossil Fuel 24,010.00 25,328.00
Pulp, Paper and Paper Board
a. Fiber Recyclers 15,005.00 15,829.00
b. Paper Mills 30,011.00 31,659.00
c. Groundwood Pulp Mills
1. < 300 tons per day 45,019.00 47,491.00
2. > 300 tons per day 90,037.00 94,980.00
d. Chemical Pulp Mills
w/o Chlorine Bleaching 120,047.00 126,638.00
e. Chemical Pulp Mills
w/Chlorine Bleaching 135,051.00 142,465.00
Radioactive Effluents and Discharges (RED)
a. < 3 waste streams 29,028.00 30,626.00
b. 3 - < 8 waste streams 50,417.00 53,185.00
c. 8 waste streams and greater 83,040.00 87,599.00
RCRA Corrective Action Sites 21,093.00 22,251.00
Seafood Processing
a. < 1,000 gpd 1,501.00 1,583.00
b. 1,000 - < 10,000 gpd 3,824.00 4,034.00
c. 10,000 - < 50,000 gpd 6,828.00 7,203.00
d. 50,000 - < 100,000 gpd 10,729.00 11,318.00
e. 100,000 gpd and greater 15,007.00 15,831.00
Shipyards
a. Per crane, travel lift, small boat lift 3,001.00 3,166.00
b. Per drydock under 250 ft in length 3,001.00 3,166.00
c. Per graving dock 3,001.00 3,166.00
d. Per marine way 4,501.00 4,748.00
e. Per sycrolift 4,501.00 4,748.00
f. Per drydock over 250 ft in length 6,000.00 6,329.00
g. In-water vessel maintenance 6,000.00 6,329.00
The fee for a facility in the shipyard category is the sum of the fees for the applicable units in the facility.
Solid Waste Sites (nonstorm water)
a. Nonputrescible 6,000.00 6,329.00
b. < 50 acres 12,003.00 12,662.00
c. 50 - < 100 acres 24,010.00 25,328.00
d. 100 - < 250 acres 30,011.00 31,659.00
e. 250 acres and greater 45,019.00 47,491.00
Textile Mills 60,024.00 63,319.00
Timber Products
a. Log Storage 3,001.00 3,166.00
b. Veneer 6,000.00 6,329.00
c. Sawmills 12,004.00 12,663.00
d. Hardwood, Plywood 21,006.00 22,159.00
e. Wood Preserving 28,819.00 30,401.00
Vegetable/Bulb Washing Facilities
a. < 1,000 gpd 98.00 104.00
b. 1,000 - < 5,000 gpd 201.00 212.00
c. 5,000 - < 10,000 gpd 395.00 417.00
d. 10,000 - < 20,000 gpd 796.00 840.00
e. 20,000 and greater 1,315.00 1,387.00
Vehicle Maintenance and Freight Transfer
a. < 0.5 acre 3,001.00 3,166.00
b. 0.5 - < 1.0 acre 6,000.00 6,329.00
c. 1.0 acre and greater 9,005.00 9,499.00
Water Plants - Individual Permit Coverage 3,753.00 3,959.00
Water Plants - General Permit Coverage 2,627.00 2,771.00
Wineries
a. < 500 gpd 306.00 323.00
b. 500 - < 750 gpd 614.00 648.00
c. 750 - < 1,000 gpd 1,228.00 1,295.00
d. 1,000 - < 2,500 gpd 2,455.00 2,590.00
e. 2,500 - < 5,000 gpd 3,917.00 4,132.00
f. 5,000 gpd and greater 5,376.00 5,671.00


(a) Facilities other than those in the aggregate production, shipyard, or RCRA categories that operate within several fee categories or subcategories, shall be charged from that category or subcategory with the highest fee.

(b) The total annual permit fee for a water treatment plant that primarily serves residential customers may not exceed three dollars per residential equivalent. The number of residential equivalents is determined by dividing the facility's annual gross revenue in the previous calendar year by the annual user charge for a single family residence that uses nine hundred cubic feet of water per month.

(c) Crop preparation and aggregate production permit holders are required to submit information to the department certifying annual production (calendar year) or unit processes. When required, the department will send the information form to the permit holder. The permit holder shall complete and return the information form to the department by the required due date. Failure to provide this information will result in a fee determination based on the highest subcategory the facility has received permit coverage in.

(i) Information submitted shall bear a certification of correctness and be signed:

(A) In the case of a corporation, by an authorized corporate officer;

(B) In the case of a limited partnership, by an authorized general partner;

(C) In the case of a general partnership, by an authorized partner; or

(D) In the case of a sole proprietorship, by the proprietor.

(ii) The department may verify information submitted and, if it determines that false or inaccurate statements have been made, it may, in addition to taking other actions provided by law, revise both current and previously granted fee determinations.

(d) Fees for crop preparers discharging only noncontact cooling water without additives shall pay the lesser of the applicable fee in the crop preparing or noncontact cooling water without additives categories.

(e) Where no clear industrial facility category exists for placement of a permit holder, the department may elect to place the permit holder in a category with dischargers or permit holders that contain or use similar properties or processes and/or a category which contains similar permitting complexities to the department.

(f) Hazardous waste clean up sites and EPA authorized RCRA corrective action sites with whom the department has begun cost recovery through chapter 70.105D RCW shall not pay a permit fee under chapter 173-224 WAC until such time as the cost recovery under chapter 70.105D RCW ceases.

(g) Any permit holder, with the exception of nonoperating aggregate operations or a permitted portable facility, who has not been in continuous operation within a consecutive eighteen-month period or who commits to not being in operation for a consecutive eighteen-month period or longer can have their permit fee reduced to twenty-five percent of the fee that they would be otherwise assessed. This nonoperating mode must be verified by the appropriate ecology staff. Once operations resume, the permit fee will be returned to the full amount.

Facilities who commit to the minimum eighteen-month nonoperating mode but go back into operation during the same eighteen-month period will be assessed permit fees as if they were active during the entire period.

(h) Facilities with subcategories based on gallons per day (gpd) shall have their annual permit fee determined by using the maximum daily flow or maximum monthly average permitted flow in gallons per day as specified in the waste discharge permit, whichever is greater.

(i) RCRA corrective action sites requiring a waste discharge permit will be assessed a separate permit fee regardless of whether the discharge is authorized by a separate permit or by a modification to an existing permit for a discharge other than that resulting from the corrective action.

(3) MUNICIPAL/DOMESTIC FACILITIES

(a) The annual permit fee for a permit held by a municipality for a domestic wastewater facility issued under RCW 90.48.162 or 90.48.260 is determined as follows:


Residential Equivalents (RE) FY 2007

Annual

Permit Fee FY 2008

Annual

Permit Fee and

Beyond
< 250,000 $1.80 $1.80
> 250,000 1.12 1.18

(b) The annual permit fee under RCW 90.48.162 or 90.48.260 that is held by a municipality which:

(i) Holds more than one permit for domestic wastewater facilities; and

(ii) Treats each domestic wastewater facility as a separate accounting entity, is determined as in (a) of this subsection.

A separate accounting entity is one that maintains separate funds or accounts for each domestic wastewater facility. Revenues are received from the users to pay for the costs of operating that facility.

(c) The sum of the annual permit fees for permits held by a municipality that:

(i) Holds more than one permit for domestic wastewater facilities issued under RCW 90.48.162 or 90.48.260; and

(ii) Does not treat each domestic wastewater facility as a separate accounting entity, as described in (b) of this subsection, is determined as in (a) of this subsection.

(d) The permit fee for a privately owned domestic wastewater facility that primarily serves residential customers is determined as in (a) of this subsection. Residential customers are those whose lot, parcel or real estate, or building is primarily used for domestic dwelling purposes.

(e) The annual permit fee for privately owned domestic wastewater facilities must be determined by using the maximum daily flow or maximum monthly average permitted flow in million gallons per day, whichever is greater, as specified in the waste discharge permit. Permit fees for privately owned domestic wastewater facilities that do not serve primarily residential customers and for state-owned domestic wastewater facilities are the following:


Permitted Flows FY 2007

Annual Permit

Fee FY 2008 Annual

Permit Fee and

Beyond
.1 MGD and Greater $ 7,501.00 $ 7,913.00
.05 MGD to < .1 MGD 3,001.00 3,166.00
.0008 MGD to < .05 MGD 1,501.00 1,583.00
< .0008 MGD 452.00 477.00

(f) The number of residential equivalents is calculated in the following manner:

(i) If the facility serves only single-family residences, the number of residential equivalents is the number of single-family residences that it served on January 1 of the previous calendar year.

(ii) If the facility serves both single-family residences and other classes of customers, the number of residential equivalents is calculated in the following manner:

(A) Calculation of the number of residential equivalents that the facility serves in its own service area. Subtract from the previous calendar year's gross revenue:

(I) Any amounts received from other municipalities for sewage interception, treatment, collection, or disposal; and

(II) Any user charges received from customers for whom the permit holder pays amounts to other municipalities for sewage treatment or disposal services. Divide the resulting figure by the annual user charge for a single-family residence.

(B) Calculation of the number of residential equivalents that the facility serves in other municipalities which pay amounts to the facility for sewage interception, treatment, collection, or disposal:

(I) Divide any amounts received from other municipalities during the previous calendar year by the annual user charge for a single-family residence. In this case "annual user charge for a single-family residence" means the annual user charge that the facility charges other municipalities for sewage interception, treatment, collection, or disposal services for a single-family residence. If the facility charges different municipalities different single-family residential user fees, then the charge used in these calculations must be that which applies to the largest number of single-family residential customers. Alternatively, if the facility charges different municipalities different single-family residential user fees, the permit holder may divide the amount received from each municipality by the annual user charge that it charges that municipality for a single-family residence and sum the resulting figures.

(II) If the facility does not charge the other municipality on the basis of a fee per single-family residence, the number of residential equivalents in the other municipality is calculated by dividing its previous calendar year's gross revenue by its annual user fee for a single-family residence. If the other municipality does not maintain data on its gross revenue, user fees, and/or the number of single-family residences that it serves, the number of residential equivalents is calculated as in (f)(iv) of this subsection.

(III) If the other municipality serves only single-family residences, the number of residential equivalents may be calculated as in (f)(i) of this subsection.

The sum of the resulting figures is the number of residential equivalents that the facility serves in other municipalities.

(C) The number of residential equivalents is the sum of the number of residential equivalents calculated in (f)(ii)(A) and (B) of this subsection.

(iii) The annual user fee for a single-family residence is calculated by either of the following methods, at the choice of the permit holder:

(A) The annual user fee for a single-family residence using nine hundred cubic feet of water per month. If users are billed monthly, this is calculated by multiplying by twelve the monthly user fee for a single-family residence using nine hundred cubic feet of water per month. If users are billed bimonthly, the annual user fee is calculated by multiplying by six the bimonthly user fee for a single-family residence using one thousand eight hundred cubic feet of water per two-month period. If the user fee for a single-family residence varies, depending on age, income, location, etc., then the fee used in these calculations must be that which applies to the largest number of single-family residential customers.

(B) The average annual user fee for a single-family residence. This average is calculated by dividing the previous calendar year's gross revenue from provision of sewer services to single-family residences by the number of single-family residences served on January 1 of the previous calendar year. If the user fee for a single-family residence varies, depending on age, income, location, etc., then the gross revenue and number of single-family residences used in making this calculation must be those for all the single-family residential customers.

In either case, (f)(iii)(A) or (B) of this subsection, the permit holder must provide the department with a copy of its complete sewer rate schedule for all classes of customers.

(iv) If a permit holder does not maintain data on its gross revenue, user fees, and/or the number of single-family residences that it serves, and therefore cannot use the methods described in (f)(i) or (ii) of this subsection to calculate the number of residential equivalents that it serves, then the number of residential equivalents that it serves is calculated by dividing the average daily influent flow to its facility for the previous calendar year by two hundred fifty gallons. This average is calculated by summing all the daily flow measurements taken during the previous calendar year and then dividing the resulting sum by the number of days on which flow was measured. Data for this calculation must be taken from the permit holder's discharge monitoring reports. Permit holders using this means of calculating the number of their residential equivalents must submit with their application a complete set of copies of their discharge monitoring reports for the previous calendar year.

(g) Fee calculation procedures for holders of permits for domestic wastewater facilities.

(i) Municipalities holding permits for domestic wastewater facilities issued under RCW 90.48.162 and 90.48.260, and holders of permits for privately-owned domestic wastewater facilities that primarily serve residential customers must complete a form certifying the number of residential equivalents served by their domestic wastewater system. The form must be completed and returned to the department within thirty days after it is mailed to the permit holder by the department. Failure to return the form could result in permit termination.

(ii) The form shall bear a certification of correctness and be signed:

(A) In the case of a corporation, by an authorized corporate officer;

(B) In the case of a limited partnership, by an authorized partner;

(C) In the case of a general partnership, by an authorized partner;

(D) In the case of a sole proprietorship, by the proprietor; or

(E) In the case of a municipal or other public facility, by either a ranking elected official or a principal executive officer.

(iii) The department may verify the information contained in the form and, if it determines that the permit holder has made false statements, may, in addition to taking other actions provided by law, revise both current and previously granted fee determinations.

(4) STORM WATER PERMIT COVERAGES (UNLESS SPECIFICALLY CATEGORIZED ELSEWHERE IN WAC 173-224-040(2))


FY 2007 Annual Permit Fee FY 2008 Annual Permit Fee & Beyond
a. Individual Construction or Industrial Storm Water Permits
1. < 50 acres $3,001.00 $3,166.00
2. 50 -< 100 acres $5,999.00 $6,328.00
3. 100 -< 500 acres $9,005.00 $9,499.00
4. 500 acres and greater $12,004.00 $12,663.00
b. Facilities Covered Under the Industrial Storm Water General Permit
1. Municipalities and state agencies $982.00 $1,036.00
2. New permit holders without historical gross revenue information $517.00 $545.00
3. The permit fee for all other permit holders shall be based on the gross revenue of the business for the previous calendar year
Gross Revenue
Less than $100,000 $100.00 $100.00
$100,000 -< $1,000,000 $414.00 $437.00
$1,000,000 -< $2,500,000 $496.00 $523.00
$2,500,000 -< $5,000,000 $827.00 $872.00
$5,000,000 -< $10,000,000 $1,241.00 $1,309.00
$10,000,000 and greater $1,499.00 $1,581.00


To be eligible for less than the maximum permit fee, the permit holder must provide documentation to substantiate the gross revenue claims. Documentation shall be provided annually in a manner prescribed by the department. The documentation shall bear a certification of correctness and be signed:

(a) In the case of a corporation, by an authorized corporate officer;

(b) In the case of a limited partnership, by an authorized general partner;

(c) In the case of a general partnership, by an authorized partner; or

(d) In the case of a sole proprietorship, by the proprietor.

The department may verify the information contained in the submitted documentation and, if it determines that the permit holder has made false statements, may deny the adjustment, revoke previously granted fee adjustments, and/or take such other actions deemed appropriate or required under state or federal law.

c. Construction Activities Covered Under the Construction Storm Water General Permit(s)
1. Less than 5 acres disturbed area $388.00 $409.00
2. 5 -< 7 acres of disturbed area $631.00 $666.00
3. 7 -< 10 acres of disturbed area $853.00 $900.00
4. 10 -< 20 acres of disturbed area $1,163.00 $1,227.00
5. 20 acres and greater of disturbed area $1,447.00 $1,526.00

(5) MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM PERMITS

(a) Except as provided for in (d) of this subsection, the municipal storm water permit annual fee for the entities listed below will be:


Name of Entity FY 2007

Annual Permit Fee FY 2008 Annual

Permit Fee and

Beyond
King County $34,182.00 $36,059.00
Snohomish County 34,182.00 36,059.00
Pierce County 34,182.00 36,059.00
Tacoma, City of 34,182.00 36,059.00
Seattle, City of 34,182.00 36,059.00
Washington Department of Transportation 34,182.00 36,059.00
Clark County 34,182.00 36,059.00

(b) Municipal storm water general permit fees for cities and counties, except as otherwise provided for in (a), (c), and (d) of this subsection, will be determined in the following manner: For fiscal year 2007, ecology will charge $1.00 per housing unit inside the geographic area covered by the permit for those cities and counties whose median household income exceeds the state average. Cities and counties whose median household income is less than the state average will have their fee per housing unit reduced to $.50 per housing unit inside the geographic area covered by the permit. For fiscal year 2008, ecology will charge $1.05 per housing unit inside the geographic area covered by the permit for those cities and counties whose median household income exceeds the state average. Cities and counties whose median household income is less than the state average will have their fee per housing unit reduced to $.53 per housing unit inside the geographic area covered by the permit. Fees will not exceed $34,182.00 for fiscal year 2007 and $36,059.00 for fiscal year 2008 and beyond. The minimum annual fee will not be lower than $1,500.00 unless the permitted city or county has a median household income less than the state average. In this case, the city or county will pay a fee totaling $.50 per housing unit.

(c) Otherentities required to have permit coverage under a municipal storm water general permit will pay an annual fee beginning in fiscal year 2007. The annual fee shall be based on the entities' previous year's annual operating budget as follows: (continued)