New Small Business Liaison for Air Quality
Posted: 11/22/2011
Christina Iiams is the new Small Business Liaison for air quality.  Prior to July 1, 2011, the position was previously housed at the Iowa Economic Development Authority and was referred to as the Small Business Environmental Liaison (SBEL). Under the SBEL, multi-media assistance was provided to small businesses in the program areas of air quality, pollution prevention, and Brownfields.  The position is now limited to assistance for air quality program elements only.
Responsibilities of the Small Business Liaison – Air Quality will include providing technical referral assistance to small businesses, facilitating resolution of complaints from small businesses regarding DNR’s implementation of the Clean Air Act, and providing assistance to the Air Quality Bureau in developing and coordinating outreach assistance to small businesses for implementation of air quality regulatory requirements and programs. Christina can be contacted at 515-281-4927 or christina.iiams@dnr.iowa.gov.
 
Background
The Small Business Liaison position is one of three components that make up the mandatory small business stationary source technical and environmental compliance assistance program mandated under Section 507 of the Clean Air Act. The other two components are 1) the small business technical assistance program; currently performed by the University of Northern Iowa’s – Iowa Air Emission Assistance Program (IAEAP), and 2) the Compliance Advisory Panel; a seven member panel that renders advisory opinions to the other two program components.
 
Small businesses are defined as stationary sources owned or operated by a person that employs 100 or fewer individuals; is a small business concern as defined in the Small Business Act; is not a major stationary source; does not emit 50 tons or more per year of any regulated pollutant; and emits less than 75 tons per year of all regulated pollutants.

This list serve article is intended for consultants, industries, environmental groups, general public, and other entities regulated under the Clean Air Act. It was written by the DNR Air Quality Bureau to share regulatory news, program updates and technical guidance.