Invitation from DNR Air Quality Bureau for Public Input:
Posted: 11/16/2011

Upcoming Rulemaking on the Compliance Sampling Manual, Emissions Test Methods, and Portable Plant Notifications

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is requesting public input on an upcoming rule making effort.*

The purpose of the proposed amendments is to:

  1. Reduce the regulatory burden by eliminating state-only emissions testing procedures (the Compliance Sampling Manual) and adopting federal methods for emissions testing;
  2. Increase transparency and consistency in conducting emissions testing by placing into rule the specific procedures for conducting testing;
  3. Offer uniform regulations by updating the definition of particulate matter and other air quality definitions to be consistent with federal regulations;
  4. Provide additional flexibility for regulated portable plants by reducing the notification time and allowing electronic submittals; and 
  5. Update an appendix in the Title V “Periodic Monitoring Guidance” to reflect current federal emissions test methods.

The DNR will collect suggestions or comments from the public regarding the proposed rule making until Monday, November 28, 2011, by 4:30 p.m.*
The public may review the proposed rule making documents on the DNR’s website on the Air Quality Public Input page. Please scroll down to the Air Quality-specific items to view the information.
To provide written comments or suggestions on the proposed rulemaking, or to inquire about the rulemaking activities, please contact:
Christine Paulson
Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau
7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1
Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
Phone: 515-242-5154
Fax: 515-242-5094
This rule making will also be discussed at the November 17, 2011, Air Quality Client Contact meeting. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. and be held at the DNR-Air Quality Bureau office at 7900 Hickman Rd, Windsor Heights, IA 50324. The meeting agenda is available on our website under Meeting Documents, in the 2011 folder and the 11-17-2011 subfolder. The public is welcome to make suggestions or ask questions at this meeting.
*The DNR is requesting public input on this rule making effort prior to beginning the formal rulemaking process and before presenting the proposal for information to the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). If the DNR receives approval to proceed, there will be further opportunities for the public to provide input. Additionally, the DNR will provide a formal public comment period of at least 30 days upon publication of the proposed rule making in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin.

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