2013 ORS § 468B.052¹
Fees for water quality permit to operate suction dredge
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(1) Unless the Environmental Quality Commission, as provided in ORS 468.065 (Issuance of permits), establishes different fees for permits issued under ORS 468B.050 (Water quality permit), a person who operates a suction dredge having a suction hose with an inside diameter of eight inches or less shall, upon application for or renewal of a permit issued under 468B.050 (Water quality permit), pay to the Department of Environmental Quality:

(a) For an individual permit:

(A) A one-time application fee of $300; and

(B) An annual renewal fee of $25.

(b) For a general permit, either:

(A) A $25 annual fee for each year the person registers under the general permit; or

(B) A $100 fee for a five-year registration under the general permit.

(2)(a) In addition to the fees described in subsection (1) of this section, by rule the commission may establish an additional fee for a permit issued under ORS 468B.050 (Water quality permit) for a person to operate a suction dredge described in this section. The fee must be adequate to cover the costs of administration, compliance, monitoring and enforcement related to the permit.

(b) After a fee is established by the commission pursuant to this subsection, the fee is subject to the limitations on increases imposed by ORS 468B.051 (Fees for water quality permit). [2005 c.729 §3; 2013 c.783 §11]

Note: Sections 12 and 13, chapter 783, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

Sec. 12. Surcharge on permit for suction dredge operation. In addition to the fees described in ORS 468B.052 (Fees for water quality permit to operate suction dredge), from October 1, 2013, to December 31, 2015, a surcharge of $150 is imposed on any permits issued under ORS 468B.050 (Water quality permit) for a person who operates a suction dredge as described in ORS 468B.052 (Fees for water quality permit to operate suction dredge). The surcharge must be used to fund data collection and reporting on suction dredge mining in Oregon by the Department of Environmental Quality. The data referred to in this section includes, but is not limited to, data on the locations and number of suction dredge operations, the types and sizes of suction dredges and the physical impacts from suction dredge mining. Amounts collected as surcharges under this section shall be deposited in the Suction Dredge Study Fund established under section 13 of this 2013 Act. [2013 c.783 §12]

Sec. 13. The Suction Dredge Study Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the Suction Dredge Study Fund shall be credited to the fund. Moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality to carry out the duties of the department described in section 12 of this 2013 Act. [2013 c.783 §13]