BUDGET CUTS FORCE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO RAISE FEES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The agency that oversees environmental enforcement in Alabama is raising fees to make up budget cuts the director said made it difficult to carry out its job.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management Commission on Friday approved a 20 percent fee increase for most permits issued by ADEM.

ADEM Director Lance LeFleur says the state needs to replace lost state funds after lawmakers cut the agency’s general fund appropriation and diverted collected fees to other agencies.

He says Alabama is risking intervention from the Federal Environmental Management Agency if it does not replace the funds.

Commissioners criticized the legislative cuts before approving the increase.

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