A. The legislature finds and declares that discharges of substances into the waters of the state have damaged and endangered the Louisiana molluscan shellfish industry and have increased the costs of molluscan regulation and sanitation in the state, and that it is in the best interests of the state to impose a surcharge on discharges permitted or licensed pursuant to R.S. 30:2075.
B. A surcharge at a flat rate of twenty percent of the department imposed permit fee, with a maximum of one hundred fifty dollars, shall be added to the fee for each water discharge permit issued pursuant to R.S. 30:2075 for discharges in the Atchafalaya, Terrebonne, Barataria, Lake Pontchartrain, and Mississippi River water quality management basins as defined by the department Water Quality Management Basin Plans.
C. The proceeds of the surcharge authorized in Subsection B of this Section shall be deposited into the Oyster Sanitation Fund, established in R.S. 40:5.10.
D. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to modify the rules adopted pursuant to this Subtitle.