[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 112 (Tuesday, June 13, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 26989-26990]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12233]



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DELAWARE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION

18 CFR Parts 401 and 420


Regulatory Program Fees and Water Charges Rates

AGENCY: Delaware River Basin Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: Notice is provided of the Commission's regulatory program fees 
and schedule of water charges for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 
2017. The Commission is also correcting two footnotes in the 
regulations which cite incorrectly to the applicable CPI data series.

DATES: This final rule is effective July 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elba L. Deck, CPA, Director of 
Administration and Finance, 609-883-9500, ext. 201.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Delaware River Basin Commission 
(``DRBC'' or ``Commission'') is a Federal-interstate compact agency 
charged with managing the water resources of the Delaware River Basin 
on a regional basis without regard to political boundaries. Its members 
are the governors of the four basin states--Delaware, New Jersey, New 
York and Pennsylvania--and on behalf of the federal government, the 
North Atlantic Division Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    In accordance with 18 CFR 401.43(c), on July 1 of every year 
beginning July 1, 2017, the Commission's regulatory program fees as set 
forth in Tables 1, 2, and 3 of that section are subject to an annual 
adjustment, commensurate with any increase in the annual April 12-month 
Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Philadelphia published by the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics during that year. Pursuant to 18 CFR 
420.43(c), the same indexed adjustment applies to the Commission's 
schedule of water charges for consumptive and non-consumptive 
withdrawals of surface water within the basin. The referenced April 12-
month CPI for 2017 showed an increase of 1.27%. Commensurate 
adjustments are thus required.
    This notice is made in accordance with 18 CFR 401.42(c) and 18 CFR 
420.42(c), which provide that a revised fee schedule will be published 
in the Federal Register by July 1. The revised fees also may be 
obtained by contacting the Commission during business hours or by 
checking the Commission's Web site.
    The Commission is also correcting two footnotes in the regulations 
which cite incorrectly to the applicable CPI data series as 
CWURA102SA0. The correct data series number is CUUA102SA0. The 
regulations are thus incorrect and in need of amendment, as set forth 
below.

List of Subjects

18 CFR Part 401

    Administrative practice and procedure, Project review, Water 
pollution control, Water resources.

18 CFR Part 420

    Water supply.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Delaware River Basin 
Commission amends parts 401 and 420 of title 18 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations as set forth below:

PART 401--RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

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1. The authority citation for part 401 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Delaware River Basin Compact (75 Stat. 688), unless 
otherwise noted.

Subpart C--Project Review Under Section 3.8 of the Compact

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2. In Sec.  401.43, revise footnote 1 and Tables 1, 2, and 3 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  401.43   Regulatory program fees.

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    \1\ Consumer Price Index -U/Series ID: CUURA102SA0/Not Seasonally 
Adjusted/Area: Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD/Item: 
All items/Base Period 1982-84=100.
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                             Table 1 to Sec.   401.43--Docket Application Filing Fee
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                                    Docket
         Project type          application fee                             Fee maximum
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Water Allocation.............  $405 per         Greater of: $15,190 \1\ or Alternative Review Fee.
                                million
                                gallons/month
                                of
                                allocation,\1\
                                not to exceed
                                $15,190.\1\
                                Fee is doubled
                                for any
                                portion to be
                                exported from
                                the basin.
Wastewater Discharge.........  Private          Alternative Review Fee.
                                projects:
                                $1,013 \1\.
                               Public
                                projects: $506
                                \1\.
Other........................  0.4% of project  Greater of: $75,951 \1\ or Alternative Review Fee.
                                cost up to
                                $10,000,000
                                plus 0.12% of
                                project cost
                                above
                                $10,000,000
                                (if
                                applicable),
                                not to exceed
                                $75,951 \1\.
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\1\ Subject to annual adjustment in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.


                        Table 2 to Sec.   401.43--Annual Monitoring and Coordination Fee
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                                                  Annual fee                       Allocation
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Water Allocation..............................        \1\ $304  <4.99 mgm.
                                                       \1\ 456  5.00 to 49.99 mgm.
                                                       \1\ 658  50.00 to 499.99 mgm.
                                                       \1\ 835  500.00 to 9,999.99 mgm.
                                                     \1\ 1,013  >or = to 10,000 mgm.
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                                                  Annual fee                Discharge design capacity
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Wastewater Discharge..........................        \1\ $304  <0.05 mgd.
                                                       \1\ 618  0.05 to 1 mgd.
                                                       \1\ 830  1 to 10 mgd.

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                                                  Annual fee                Discharge design capacity
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                                                     \1\ 1,013  >10 mgd.
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\1\ Subject to annual adjustment in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.


                                    Table 3 to Sec.   401.43--Additional Fees
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             Proposed action                          Fee                             Fee maximum
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Emergency Approval Under 18 CFR 401.40..  $5,000.....................  Alternative Review Fee.
Late Filed Renewal Surcharge............  $2,000.....................  .........................................
Modification of a DRBC Approval.........  At Executive Director's      Alternative Review Fee.
                                           discretion, Docket
                                           Application Fee for the
                                           appropriate project type.
Name change.............................  $1,013 \1\.................  .........................................
Change of Ownership.....................  $1,519 \1\.................  .........................................
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\1\ Subject to annual adjustment in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section.

PART 420--BASIN REGULATIONS--WATER SUPPLY CHARGES

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3. The authority citation for part 420 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Delaware River Basin Compact, 75 Stat. 688.


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4. In Sec.  420.41, revise paragraphs (a) and (b) and footnote 1 to 
read as follows:


Sec.  420.41   Schedule of water charges.

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    (a) $81.01 per million gallons for consumptive use, subject to 
paragraph (c) of this section; and
    (b) $0.81 per million gallons for non-consumptive use, subject to 
paragraph (c) of this section.
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    \1\ Consumer Price Index--U/Series ID: CUURA102SA0/Not Seasonally 
Adjusted/Area: Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD/Item: 
All items/Base Period 1982-84=100.

    Dated: June 7, 2017.
Pamela M. Bush,
Commission Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-12233 Filed 6-12-17; 8:45 am]
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