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Ecosystem Enhancement Program - Nutrient Offset Fee Info

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EEP In-Lieu Fee Coordinator Contact Information

 

 

 

NUTRIENT OFFSET MITIGATION FEES

EEP uses the Actual Cost Method to calculate the fees for providing nutrient offset credit to satisfy nutrient offset requirements. The total payment is based on the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus specified in the verification letter issued by local governments reviewing and approving the development project.

The following fee schedule is applied as stated below in EEP’s invoicing policy.  Nutrient Offset rates are evaluated quarterly; based on the latest ACM calculation performed in September 2014, the rates listed in the table below will be effective for the quarter beginning October 1, 2014. For more information on these rates and on quarterly updates, please see the Nutrient ACM pages.

Table: Nutrient Offset Fees Per Pound 

WatershedNutrient

EEP Rates

(Effective October1, 2014 -December 31, 2014)

 Neuse basin 8-digit HUCs 03020202, 03020203 and 03020204 N$12.68
 Neuse – 03020201 outside Falls Lake watershed N$19.93
 Neuse - Falls Lake watershed N$12.72
 Neuse - Falls Lake watershed P$155.01
Tar-Pamlico basin N$18.87
Tar-Pamlico basin P$238.32
Jordan Lake watershed N$137.80
Jordan Lake watershed P $238.32 

Application of fees:

Applicants who elect to use the Nutrient Offset In-Lieu Fee Program will be invoiced based on the fee schedule in place on the date EEP issues the nutrient payment acceptance letter. Payment amounts provided in EEP acceptance letters for nutrient-offset credits expire 30 days from the issue date or at the end of the quarter, whichever occurs sooner. If a payment is not made within this timeframe, an updated letter must be requested by the applicant.  Compliance with Session Law 2009-337 must also be verified. Updated letters will reflect the fee schedule in place on the date EEP issues the letter. EEP cannot accept payments based on expired nutrient offset acceptance letters or previous fee schedules.

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