The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce testified last Wednesday before the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) on a proposed increase of Title V permitting fees. The Cabinet is proposing a $49 per ton fee for 2013, which represents a reduction from 2012 but is still above the presumptive minimum.
The Chamber’s Energy and Environment Council, formerly chaired by Carolyn Brown of Bingham Greenebaum Doll and currently chaired by Rusty Ashcraft with Alliance Resource Partners, thoroughly studied the issue throughout the year. Kentucky Chamber Director of Public Affairs, Chad Harpole, commented on the issue.
“The Chamber’s primary position on Title V fees is to ensure that the needs of the Title V permit holders can continue to be met in a prompt and efficient manner. It is important that the Division maintain the level of service 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 which is why we supported the proposal,” said Harpole.
“We appreciate the Cabinet and DAQ’s continued efforts to look for cost savings measures and efficiencies within their programs. We also appreciate the Cabinet and DAQ’s willingness to meet with stakeholders throughout the year, including our organization, to keep us up-to-date on any necessary changes to the Title V program. We hope these efforts continue in the upcoming year, explained Harpole.”