How does DEQ plan to determine economic hardship?
Frequently Asked Questions
Each applicant for a discharger specific variance would be required to submit a comprehensive alternatives analysis that identifies the costs associated with various pollutant control techniques. DEQ will rely primarily on USEPA guidance to assist in determining whether the most cost-effective alternative that would result in economic hardship. The guidance takes into consideration the pollutant control costs and the ability of the responsible entity to pay those costs. Municipalities, for example, are evaluated on the number of households, median household income, existing debt, unemployment rates, property values, property tax revenue, etc.