Earlier this year the agency expanded registration to anyone who transports hazardous materials required to be placarded. At the same time it changed the fee structure from $250 plus a $50 processing fee for all registration to a two-tier schedule. Starting May 2000, companies that qualified as small businesses under rules set by the U.S. Small Business Administration paid $275 plus a $25 processing fee. All others paid $1,975 plus $25.
RSPA estimated that about 1,500 or 3% registrants would pay the higher fee. Instead, it collected $2,000 each from some 5,800 companies or 15% of registrants. In all, fees totaled more than $21 million which, with other funds, gave the agency an $8.5 million surplus in the HMEP fund.
The proposed new registration fees, effective for the next six registration years, are $250 for small businesses and non-profit organizations, regardless of their size; and $475 for all others. All registrants would continue to pay the $25 processing fee.
Comments are due February 2, 2001. A full explanation of the proposal can be found in the December 7, 2000, Federal Register available at www.nara.gov/fedreg.