|(a) Applicability. The owner or operator of each account to which this rule applies shall remit to the commission an inspection fee each fiscal year. A fiscal year is defined as the period from September 1 through August 31. A fiscal year, having the same number as the next calendar year, begins on the September 1 prior to that calendar year. An account subject to both an inspection fee and emissions fee, under §101.27 of this title (relating to Emissions Fees), is required to pay only the greater of the two fees. Each account will be assessed a separate inspection fee. The inspection fee shall apply to each account which contains one or more of the types of plants, facilities, and/or processes described in subsection (f) of this section, including permitted and non-permitted facilities. References for the industrial categories used are provided in the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Manual (Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, 1987). If more than one SIC category can apply to an account, the fee assessed shall be the highest fee listed for the applicable classifications in the fee schedule. Provisions of this section apply to all accounts, including accounts which have not been assigned specific commission identification numbers. The owner or operator of an account subject to an inspection fee is responsible for contacting the commission to obtain an identification number. The commission will not initiate the combination or separation of accounts solely for fee assessment purposes. If an account is operated at any time during the fiscal year for which the fee is assessed, a full inspection fee is due. If the commission is notified in writing that the account is not and will not be in operation during that fiscal year, a fee will not be due. (b) Self report/billed information. Emissions/inspection fee information packets will be mailed to each affected account prior to the fiscal year for which the fee is due. The completed emissions/inspection fee basis form shall be returned to the address specified on the emissions/inspection fees basis form within 60 days of the date the agency sends the emissions/inspection fee information packet. The completed emissions/inspection fee basis form shall include, at least, the company name, mailing address, site name, all Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) identification numbers, the applicable SIC category, any additional information necessary to assess the fee, and the name and telephone number of the person to contact in case questions arise regarding the emissions/inspection fee basis form. If more than one SIC category can apply to an account, the category reported shall be that one with the highest associated fee. Subsequent to a review of the information submitted, a billing statement of the fee assessment will be sent to the account during the fiscal year in which the fee is due. (c) Requesting fee information packet. (1) For fiscal year 2003, if an account which is subject to the inspection fee in this section has not received the information packet described in subsection (b) of this section by November 1, 2002, the owner or operator of the account shall notify the commission by December 1, 2002. For accounts which begin operation after November 1, the owner or operator of the account shall request an information packet within 30 days of commencing operation. (2) For subsequent fiscal years, if an account which is subject to the inspection fee in this section has not received the information packet described in subsection (b) of this section by June 1 prior to the fiscal year in which the fee is due, the owner or operator of the account shall notify the commission by July 1 prior to the fiscal year in which the fee is due. For accounts which begin operation after September 1, the owner or operator of the account shall request an information packet within 30 days of commencing operation. (d) Payment. Fees must be remitted by check, certified check, electronic funds transfer, or money order made payable to the TCEQ and sent to the TCEQ address printed on the billing statement. (e) Due date. Payment of the inspection fee is due within 30 days of the date the agency sends a statement of the assessment to the facility owner or operator. If an account commences or resumes operation during the fiscal year in which the fee is assessed, the full inspection fee will be due prior to commencement or resumption of operations. (f) Inspection fee schedule. The inspection fee schedule is as follows. For fiscal years after 2003, the fiscal year 2003 fee schedule shall apply as adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI adjustment factor shall be the average of the CPI for the 12 months preceding the fiscal year for which the fee is assessed as compared to the same calculation of the CPI for the previous fiscal year (as published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI - All Urban Consumers, Not Seasonally Adjusted, base period 1982 - 84 = 100).
Attached Graphic (g) Nonpayment of fees. Each inspection fee payment must be paid at the time and in the manner and amount provided by this subchapter. Failure to remit the full inspection fee by the due date shall result in enforcement action under Texas Water Code, §7.178. The provisions of this section, as first adopted and as amended thereafter, are and shall remain in effect for purposes of any unpaid fee assessments, and the fees assessed in accordance with such provisions as adopted or as amended remain a continuing obligation. (h) Late payments. The agency shall impose interest and penalties on owners or operators of accounts who fail to make payment of the inspection fees when due in accordance with Chapter 12 of this title (relating to Payment of Fees).
|Source Note: The provisions of this §101.24 adopted to be effective September 24, 1987, 12 TexReg 3168; amended to be effective September 14, 1988, 13 TexReg 4385; amended to be effective June 8, 1990, 15 TexReg 2913; amended to be effective September 25, 1991, 16 TexReg 4955; amended to be effective August 31, 1992, 17 TexReg 5550; amended to be effective August 18, 1993, 18 TexReg 5080; amended to be effective August 8, 1995, 20 TexReg 5504; amended to be effective August 14, 1996, 21 TexReg 7385; amended to be effective February 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 1323; amended to be effective October 22, 1997, 22 TexReg 10319; amended to be effective October 20, 2002, 27TexReg 9592