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Chapter 644

Effective - 11 Jul 2011, 4 histories, see footnote (history) bottom

  644.145.  Affordability finding required, when — definitions — procedures to be adopted — appeal of determination. — 1. When issuing permits under this chapter for discharges from combined or separate sanitary sewer systems or publicly owned treatment works, or when enforcing provisions of this chapter or the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., pertaining to any portion of a combined or separate sanitary sewer system or publicly owned treatment works, the department of natural resources shall make a finding of affordability upon which to base such permits and decisions, to the extent allowable under this chapter and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

  2. When used in this chapter and in standards, rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter, the following words and phrases mean:

  (1) "Affordability", with respect to payment of a utility bill, a measure of whether an individual customer or household can pay the bill without undue hardship or unreasonable sacrifice in the essential lifestyle or spending patterns of the individual or household, taking into consideration the criteria described in subsection 3 of this section;

  (2) "Financial capability", the financial capability of a community to make investments necessary to make water quality-related improvements.

  3. The department of natural resources shall adopt procedures by which it will determine whether a permit or decision is affordable. Such determination shall be based upon reasonably available empirical data and shall include an assessment of the affordability of the permit or decision to any private or public person or entity affected by such permit. The determination shall be based upon the following criteria:

  (1) A community's financial capability and ability to raise or secure necessary funding;

  (2) Affordability of pollution control options for the individuals or households of the community;

  (3) An evaluation of the overall costs and environmental benefits of the control technologies;

  (4) An inclusion of ways to reduce economic impacts on distressed populations in the community, including but not limited to low- and fixed-income populations. This requirement includes but is not limited to:

  (a) Allowing adequate time in implementation schedules to mitigate potential adverse impacts on distressed populations resulting from the costs of the improvements and taking into consideration local community economic considerations; and

  (b) Allowing for reasonable accommodations for regulated entities when inflexible standards and fines would impose a disproportionate financial hardship in light of the environmental benefits to be gained;

  (5) An assessment of other community investments relating to environmental improvements;

  (6) An assessment of factors set forth in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's guidance, including but not limited to the "Combined Sewer Overflow Guidance for Financial Capability Assessment and Schedule Development" that may ease the cost burdens of implementing wet weather control plans, including but not limited to small system considerations, the attainability of water quality standards, and the development of wet weather standards; and

  (7) An assessment of any other relevant local community economic condition.

  4. Prescriptive formulas and measures used in determining financial capability, affordability, and thresholds for expenditure, such as median household income, should not be considered to be the only indicator of a community's ability to implement control technology and shall be viewed in the context of other economic conditions rather than as a threshold to be achieved.

  5. If the department of natural resources fails to make a finding of affordability as indicated in this section, the proposed permit or decision shall be null, void and unenforceable.

  6. The department of natural resources' findings under this section may be appealed to the commission pursuant to subsection 6 of section 644.051.


(L. 2011 H.B. 89)

Effective 7-11-11

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