The Chamber’s Energy and Environment Council Chairwoman, Carolyn Brown of Greenebaum Doll and McDonald, has given the issue thorough review. She provided remarks to the Cabinet explaining the Chamber’s highly debated and researched position.
“The Chamber does not oppose an increase in the emission fee, as it will ensure the needs of the Title V permit holders continue to be met in a prompt and efficient manner. It is important that the Division maintain the current level of service they provide to the business community, as air permit approvals are often a key component in implementing expansions of existing business and in obtaining new industrial development,” Brown said.
However, the Chamber is calling for the Cabinet and Division of Air Quality (DAQ) to continue to look for cost savings measures and efficiencies that could potentially negate such a large fee increase at once. The Chamber also requested that the Cabinet and Division offer a staggered or flexible payment plan in FY 2012 for sources paying over $10,000. This would allow for businesses paying the majority of the fees to have more time to react and budget accordingly.
The Chamber also requested the Cabinet meet with stakeholders to discuss other funding mechanisms for the Title V program in the future.