(1) If an applicant for a lease, permit,
contract, license or certificate believes that the fee assessed is excessive or
does not conform to the requirements of this chapter or section 75-1-203
MCA, the applicant may request a hearing before the department pursuant to the
contested case provisions of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act. If a
hearing is held on the fee assessed as authorized by this rule, the department
must proceed with its analysis of the project wherever possible.
that a hearing has been requested may not be grounds for delaying consideration
of an application except to the extent that the portion of the fee in question
affects the ability of the department to collect the data and information
necessary for the EIS.