In 2016, the Tennessee Division of Air Pollution Control (APC) initiated a stakeholder process to assist in the development of revisions to our Title V fee regulations. The process underwent a series of webinars and face-to-face meetings.
Title V permit fees are largely based on the amount of actual and allowed emissions from Title V sources. Due to a number of factors, including tighter air quality regulations, retirement of large emitters of air pollutants, and the general trend towards cleaner-burning fuels, actual and allowable emissions from sources in Tennessee have dropped significantly in recent years and will continue to do so for the next couple of years. Unfortunately, this drop in emissions does not equate to a similar reduction in workload required of the Division. As a result, APC is projecting a shortage in the revenue needed to fund Tennessee’s Title V program starting in fiscal year 2019. Both federal and state statutes and regulations require that the state’s Title V program be funded by Title V facilities. An increase in revenue is needed in the Title V fees that sources pay beginning in 2019. Therefore, the Division of Air Pollution Control is soliciting your input on how a revised Title V fee system should be structured.