Legislation Does Not Include Special Permit and Approval User Fees
The House Appropriations Committee today released its version of the fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. Among other things the legislation funds the programs of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The legislation proposes a slight increase for the activities of the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, from $42.6 million to $42.8 million. Importantly, the legislation does not include the Administration’s request for a user fee to be imposed on applicants for special permits and approvals. IME advocated against such user fees.