WSR 06-10-049




[ Filed May 1, 2006, 11:40 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 70.94.141(1).

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amend Regulation I, Section 5.07 (Registration Fees).

Hearing Location(s): Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, 110 Union Street, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101, on June 22, 2006, at 9:15 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 22, 2006.

Submit Written Comments to: Lynn Sykes, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, 110 Union Street, #500, Seattle, WA 98101, e-mail, fax (206) 343-7522, by June 21, 2006.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact agency receptionist, (206) 689-4010, by June 15, 2006, TTY (800) 833-6388 or (800) 833-6385 (braille).

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The agency annually reviews the registration program fee structure to determine if the fees collected are adequate to cover the costs incurred by the program. A slight fee increase is being proposed to cover an increase in program costs attributable to cost-of-living and inflationary impacts to other operational costs.

Also, the agency board of directors recently approved the registration of small coffee roasters (maximum rated capacity ten lbs/batch or less) through the notification process, and this proposal places these coffee roasters into their proper fee category.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This proposal aligns the registration program costs with the projected operating expenses, and it identifies the registration fee category for small coffee roasters.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 70.94 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 70.94.141.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Puget Sound clean air agency, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Steve Van Slyke, 110 Union Street, #500, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 689-4052; Implementation and Enforcement: Jim Nolan, 110 Union Street, #500, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 689-4053.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This agency is not subject to the small business economic impact provision of the Administrative Procedure Act.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to local air agencies, per RCW 70.94.141.

April 28, 2006

Steve Van Slyke

Supervisory Engineer



(a) The Agency shall assess annual fees as set forth in Section 5.07(c) of this regulation for services provided in administering the registration program. Fees received under the registration program shall not exceed the cost of administering the program, which shall be defined as initial registration and annual or other periodic reports from the source owner providing information directly related to air pollution registration, on-site inspections necessary to verify compliance with registration requirements, data storage and retrieval systems necessary for support of the registration program, emission inventory reports and emission reduction credits computed from information provided by sources pursuant to registration program requirements, staff review, including engineering analysis for accuracy and currentness, of information provided by sources pursuant to registration program requirements, clerical and other office support provided in direct furtherance of the registration program, and administrative support provided in directly carrying out the registration program. Payment of these fees by the owner or operator of a source shall maintain its active registration status (even if it is not actively operating).

(b) Upon assessment by the Agency, registration fees are due and payable within 45 days of the date of the invoice. They shall be deemed delinquent if not fully paid within 45 days of the date of the invoice and shall be subject to an additional delinquent fee equal to 25% of the original fee, not to exceed $1,000. Persons knowingly under-reporting emissions or other information used to set fees, or persons required to pay emission or permit fees who are more than 90 days late with such payments may be subject to a penalty equal to 3 times the amount of the original fee owed (in addition to other penalties provided by chapter 70.94 RCW).

(c) Except as specified in Section 5.07 (d) and (e) of this regulation, registered sources shall be assessed a fee of (($850)) $935, plus the following fees:

(1) Sources subject to a federal emission standard as specified in Section 5.03 (a)(1) of this regulation shall be assessed $1,750 per subpart of 40 CFR Parts 60-63;

(2) Sources subject to a federally enforceable emission limitation as specified in Section 5.03 (a)(2) or meeting the emission thresholds specified in Section 5.03 (a)(3) of this regulation shall be assessed $2,000;

(3) Sources subject to the emission reporting requirements under Section 5.05(b) of this regulation shall be assessed $23 for each ton of CO and $46 for each ton of NOx, PM10, SOx, HAP, and VOC, based on the emissions reported during the previous calendar year;

(4) Sources with more than one coffee roaster installed on-site that are approved under a Notice of Construction Order of Approval shall be assessed $2,000; and

(5) Sources of commercial composting with raw materials from off-site shall be assessed $5,000.

(d) Gasoline dispensing facilities shall be assessed the following fees based on their gasoline throughput during the previous calendar year (as certified at the time of payment):

(1) More than 6,000,000 gallons . . . . . . . . . . . . $((3,000)) 3,300;

(2) 3,600,001 to 6,000,000 gallons . . . . . . . . . . . . $((1,500)) 1,650;

(3) 1,200,001 to 3,600,000 gallons . . . . . . . . . . . . $((1,000)) 1,100;

(4) 840,001 to 1,200,000 gallons . . . . . . . . . . . . $((500)) 550;

(5) 200,001 to 840,000 gallons . . . . . . . . . . . . $((250)) 275.

(e) The following registered sources shall be assessed an annual registration fee of (($100)) $110, provided that they meet no other criteria listed in Section 5.03(a) of this regulation:

(1) Sources with spray-coating operations subject to Section 9.16 of this regulation that use no more than 4,000 gallons per year of total coatings and solvents;

(2) Gasoline dispensing facilities subject to Section 2.07 of Regulation II with gasoline annual throughput during the previous calendar year (as certified at the time of payment) of no more than 200,000 gallons;

(3) Motor vehicle and mobile equipment coating operations subject to Section 3.04 of Regulation II; ((and))

(4) Unvented dry cleaners subject to Section 3.03 of Regulation III; and

(5) Batch coffee roasters subject to notification under Section 6.03 (b)(11) of this regulation.

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