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Yakima Airport hope for water fee exemption

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YAKIMA, Wash - Complying with Federal clean water laws may be extremely expensive for the Yakima Airport.

Tuesday night, the Yakima City Council passed an ordinance approving fees, required by federal law, for storm water run off.

Fees will be levied on any surface that rain runs off, like concrete driveways, parking lots and roofs.

The money will help pay for a new system to clean water that runs of non-permeable surfaces. Next year, the airport could face a 20-thousand dollar hit.

"Its a huge percent of our operating cost," said Bill Wheeler, Chairman of the Airport Board. "And we have asked for an exemption for runways and taxi ways.

In 2009, the Yakima Air Terminal could see the fees jump to over $30,000.00.

Home owners won't escape the fees either.

Next year, the average homeowner will pay $22.00, and that could jump to $50.00 in five years.