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Water-quality permitting fees could change more frequently

By Ed Sealover

Businesses and governments required to pay water-quality permitting fees may see those fees rise more regularly and with fewer legislative requirements under a bill that is set to be introduced in the coming days in the Colorado Legislature.

The proposal, backed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, would remove specific water-quality permitting fees from state statute by 2026 and allow the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission to set them as rules after that time. The exact amounts that the state would charge on everything from construction-sector permitting fees to on-site wastewater treatment system design-review fees still would have to be approved by the Joint Budget Committee, but they likely would get less legislative scrutiny than they do now.

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