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Please attend the upcoming meeting for your permit classification to learn more about the proposed changes.
Categorical and Significant Industrial Users
Non-Significant Industrial User
Non-Discharging Categorical Industrial User
All meetings will be held at the Environmental Services
For more detail on how the fee for your business would be assessed, please contact
Starting July 1, 2017, Environmental Services proposes to begin using a new methodology for assessing industrial wastewater discharge permit fees within the Industrial Pretreatment Program. The program ensures industrial pollutants do not:
The proposed methodology for program cost recovery will:
Over the past two years, the pretreatment program has made significant changes in its approach to regulating permitted industries. Current methodology no longer captures the program’s costs to administer permits, nor does it accurately assess and charge industries based on the risk they pose to Portland’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant—a publicly-owned asset worth approximately $1 billion.
In addition, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) charges the City an annual fee of $637 for each permitted categorical and significant industrial user. The current methodology does not include that cost, and in 2016, the City paid a total of $48,412 to DEQ for permitted industrial users.
The current system would be replaced with an equation for program cost recovery that consists of the following components:
For some customers, the proposed methodology may result in decreased permit fees. For others, fees may increase.
The proposed methodology was developed to more accurately assess the City’s costs to manage permits and ensure that each permitted industry pays for its share of the pretreatment program. In the past, some industries were undercharged because of the methodology used to calculate fees. The proposed methodology is more accurate and is designed to recover 50 percent of the City’s administrative costs for monitoring and conducting enforcement.
Additionally, for each permitted categorical and significant industrial user, the new methodology
will include an annual DEQ-Permit Fee. Currently, that fee is $637.
Yes. The base fee will change each year. Compliance monitoring costs should remain consistent during an industry’s 5-year permit cycle. Enforcement costs will depend on each permittee’s compliance history in the previous year. Fewer violations could mean lower costs.
No. Sampling for permit monitoring is separate from extra strength sampling and tests for different things. Both may be happening at your business, but permit fees will apply only to the permit monitoring sampling.
New permit fees would take effect July 1, 2017.
Billing could begin in August 2017.
Updated: March 7, 2017