Invitation for Public Comment: DNR Rulemaking on Compliance and Enforcement
Posted: 02/22/2012

A proposed administrative rulemaking that will affirm the variety of compliance and enforcement options the DNR may consider in responding to possible violations of environmental statutes, rules, and permits has been approved by the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) for formal public comment.

The DNR has used these or similar procedures for many years, and this rulemaking simply formalizes this practice. New Chapter 9A will include the compliance and enforcement options that may be used prior to, or in lieu of, assessing the administrative penalties specified in 567 Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) Chapter 10.
The information on the proposed rulemaking approved by the EPC on February 21 is available on the DNR’s website at Public Input (scroll down to the Administrative Rules section). Additionally, the Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin (IAB) on March 21, 2012.  At that time, the proposed rulemaking will be available on the IAB website at Iowa Administrative Bulletin.
The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012. 
Additionally, the DNR will hold a public hearing for the proposed rulemaking at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012, at the DNR Air Quality Bureau offices at 7900 Hickman Road in Windsor Heights, Iowa.  The public may attend the meeting in person or by conference call. To access the meeting by conference call, please follow these instructions: Approximately five minute prior to the start of the meeting, please call 1-866-685-1580. When prompted, enter Conference Code 5152425196 followed by #.
Please provide any written comments to Christine Paulson no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012,  by e-mail to , by fax to 515-242-5094, or by mail to Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324. 
For questions, please contact Christine Paulson at the e-mail address indicated above or by phone at 515-242-5154.

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