[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 110 (Thursday, June 7, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 26354-26356]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12258]


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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, 
2018.

DATES: This final rule is effective July 1, 2018.

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

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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 2018 showed an increase of 1.38%. 
Commensurate adjustments are thus required.
    This notification 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 website.

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 Tables 1, 2 and 3 to read as follows:


Sec.  401.43  Regulatory program fees.

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         Table 1 To Sec.   401.43--Docket Application Filing Fee
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                               Docket application
        Project type                   fee               Fee maximum
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Water Allocation............  $411 per million      Greater of: $15,401
                               gallons/month of      \1\ or Alternative
                               allocation \1\, not   Review Fee.
                               to exceed $15,401
                               \1\.
                              Fee is doubled for
                               any portion to be
                               exported from the
                               basin..
Wastewater Discharge........  Private projects:     Alternative Review
                               $1,027 \1\.           Fee.
                              Public projects:
                               $513 \1\.
Other.......................  0.4% of project cost  Greater of: $77,003
                               up to $10,000,000     \1\ or Alternative
                               plus 0.12% of         Review Fee.
                               project cost above
                               $10,000,000 (if
                               applicable), not to
                               exceed $77,003 \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\ $308                    <4.99 mgm.
                                                                          \1\ $462            5.00 to 49.99 mgm.
                                                                          \1\ $667          50.00 to 499.99 mgm.
                                                                          \1\ $847       500.00 to 9,999.99 mgm.
                                                                        \1\ $1,027         > or = to 10,000 mgm.
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                                                                        Annual fee     Discharge design capacity
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Wastewater Discharge..............................................        \1\ $308                    <0.05 mgd.
                                                                          \1\ $626                0.05 to 1 mgd.
                                                                          \1\ $842                  1 to 10 mgd.
                                                                        \1\ $1,027                      >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   $5,000............  Alternative Review
 401.40.                                               Fee.
Late Filed Renewal Surcharge....  $2,000.
Modification of a DRBC Approval.  At Executive        Alternative Review
                                   Director's          Fee.
                                   discretion,
                                   Docket
                                   Application Fee
                                   for the
                                   appropriate
                                   project type.
Name change.....................  $1,027 \1\.
Change of Ownership.............  $1,540 \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) to read as follows:


Sec.  420.41  Schedule of water charges.

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    (a) $82.14 per million gallons for consumptive use, subject to 
paragraph (c) of this section; and
    (b) $0.82 per million gallons for non-consumptive use, subject to 
paragraph (c) of this section.
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    Dated: June 1, 2018.
Pamela M. Bush,
Commission Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-12258 Filed 6-6-18; 8:45 am]
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