department will make every effort to assist the applicant in preparing an
estimated cost of a project. Furthermore, the department will make appropriate
personnel available to the applicant to discuss the department's estimated cost
of compiling the information and data necessary for the EIS. After a fee has
been collected and work on the compilation of data and information necessary
for the EIS is begun, it is the intention of the department to return all
unused or unneeded portions of the fee as promptly as possible.