Maintain Air Permitting Efficiencies

In the past, the Chamber has supported the Cabinet’s position on the need for an increase in the Title V permit emission fee so the needs of the Title V permit holders can continue to be met in a prompt and efficient manner. As the program moves forward, it is important the Division of Air Quality maintain the level of service to the business community as air permit approvals are often a key component in implementing expansions of existing businesses and in obtaining new industrial development. However, just as our members have to do, the Division and the Cabinet should continue to look at cost-control measures and efficiencies that can be used to reduce any shortfall in revenue and create efficiencies throughout the program. Considering emission trends, the Chamber believes the Cabinet should explore with stakeholders additional funding mechanisms for the Title V program in such areas as permit and permit renewal application fees. Potential for double counting of emission fees should be avoided.

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