CSHB 144(FIN): "An Act relating to the authority of the Department of Environmental Conservation to charge fees; and providing for an effective date."
00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 144(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to the authority of the Department of Environmental 02 Conservation to charge fees; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 44.46.025(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) Subject to other provisions of this section, the [THE] Department of 06 Environmental Conservation may adopt regulations that prescribe reasonable fixed fees 07 to be paid by the person receiving the department's services , and establish 08 procedures for the collection of the fees, to cover the actual [APPLICABLE] direct 09 costs [, NOT INCLUDING TRAVEL,] of certifications, inspections, training, permit 10 preparation and administration, and plan review and approval [, AND OTHER 11 SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT] relating to 12 (1) agriculture and animals under AS 03.05; food, drugs, and cosmetics 13 under AS 17.20; and public accommodations and facilities under AS 18.35; in 14 addition to fees otherwise allowed under this subsection, the department may also
01 prescribe reasonable fixed fees, and establish procedures for collection of the fees, 02 to cover the actual direct costs of other services provided by the department 03 relating to matters described in this paragraph; 04 (2) certificates of inspection for motor vehicles under AS 46.14.400 or 05 46.14.510; 06 (3) sewerage system and treatment works and wastewater disposal 07 systems, and drinking water systems, under AS 46.03.720; in addition to fees 08 otherwise allowed under this subsection, the department may also prescribe 09 reasonable fixed fees, and establish procedures for the collection of the fees, for 10 the actual direct costs of sanitary surveys, determinations, classifications, and 11 monitoring waivers relating to matters described in this paragraph; 12 (4) [REPEALED 13 (5) REPEALED 14 (6)] water and wastewater operator training under AS 46.30; 15 (5) [(7)] control of solid waste facilities under AS 46.03.020(10) and 16 46.03.100; 17 (6) [(8)] certification of laboratories conducting environmental analyses 18 of public drinking water systems or of oil or hazardous substances, or conducting other 19 analyses required by the department; 20 (7) [(9)] certification of federal permits or authorizations under 33 21 U.S.C. 1341 (sec. 401, Clean Water Act). 22 * Sec. 2. AS 44.46.025 is amended by adding new subsections to read: 23 (e) Notwithstanding (a), (g), and (j) of this section, the department shall, at the 24 request of an applicant or permittee, negotiate a fee for services provided under (a)(1) - 25 (7) of this section that is based on the average hourly rate of compensation of each 26 departmental employee required to perform the service and a maximum number of 27 hours for which the fee will be charged, and the fee may cover associated travel costs 28 and costs described in (g) of this section. 29 (f) The department shall charge and collect a fee for the registration of 30 pesticides under AS 46.03.320. The fee shall be $30 for registration of a restricted-use 31 pesticide, as defined in AS 46.03.900, and $20 for registration of other pesticides.
01 (g) Except for fees under (c) of this section, the department may not charge 02 a fee for the costs to the department for conferring with or providing information to 03 a third party about an application or a permit unless the third party is acting as a legal 04 representative or as an agent of the applicant or permittee. However, the department 05 may require an applicant to pay for the costs of providing public notice of a permit 06 application when the notice is otherwise required by law. 07 (h) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, the department may prescribe an hourly 08 fee for services provided under (a)(5) of this section, rather than a fixed fee, if the fee 09 otherwise complies with this section. 10 (i) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, the department may prescribe an hourly 11 fee to cover the actual direct costs to the department for 12 (1) work performed on an application that is withdrawn before 13 completion; or 14 (2) an inspection that is conducted at the request of an applicant or 15 permittee when the department would not otherwise conduct an inspection or for an 16 inspection that is conducted outside of the department's normal working hours after a 17 request by an applicant or permittee for an after-hours inspection; fees charged under 18 this paragraph may include travel costs incurred in providing the inspection. 19 (j) In this section, 20 (1) "actual direct costs" means the average hourly rate of compensation 21 of each departmental employee, including clerical staff, required to perform the service 22 under normal circumstances, multiplied by the number of hours usually required to 23 perform the service being provided; "actual direct costs" does not include 24 (A) overhead expenses; 25 (B) the costs of administrative support or supervisory personnel 26 who are not directly engaged in providing the service; or 27 (C) travel expenses; 28 (2) "training" means educational services provided by the department 29 for the purpose of carrying out services provided under (a)(1) - (7) of this section, 30 except that "training" does not include training of employees of the department. 31 * Sec. 3. APPLICABILITY. This Act applies to agreements entered into, fees for