Proposed amendments to PCAR Fees
The PCARs are impact fees charged for equipment or practices that cause or potentially cause pollution in Minneapolis. The fees are being restructured to align with services to reduce pollution, remove charges that impact small business, and to incentivize changes that have a positive environmental impact.
The main changes to the PCAR fees are as follows:
1. Align fees to service: Fees are being changed to more directly align with services provided. Most notably is the removal of a sanitary connection fee for small businesses. The biggest beneficiary of this fee removal will be small offices, retail space, and restaurants.
2. Pay By Emissions: There will be fees added for pollution based on the amount of emissions, in tons, a business emits. The main pollutant types are PM 2.5 (fine particulates) and Volatile Organic Compounds. Research shows that the health effects of all these pollutants are greater in densely populated areas such as Minneapolis.
3. Proactive Business: Businesses who submit voluntary emission reduction projects will be allowed to be temporarily exempt from the fee for a period of 2-5 years based on the amount of pollution they are able to reduce. This exemption on top of the incentive programs offered through the Green Business Cost Share Program (up to $45,000) demonstrate that the City of Minneapolis is dedicated to working with our business partners in reducing pollution.
4. Outdated Business Practices: Fees will be added that create and additional incentive for the business to make a change in practices. Auto body shops and dry cleaners will be charged based on business practice. There will be an increased fee for dry cleaning businesses that still use perc, a toxic chemical used in the dry cleaning industry. There will also be an additional fee for auto body shops that do not use water borne paint. There are concerns about the elevated health risk both of these business practices pose to workers and neighbor surrounding the businesses.
A public hearing before the Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee of the City Council is planned for March 21, 2016 at 1.30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Room 317 in Minneapolis City Hall located at 350 5th St S. Please check this website for any changes.
Details of the proposed amendments
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Last updated Jan 25, 2017