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The Air Quality Bureau frequently seeks input and recommendations from stakeholders on various planning and rulemaking activities, along with permits that will be issued.
Interested members of the public can view agendas, documents, and general information; meeting and workgroup activities can also be tracked.
Please note that not all categories will have items available for comment at all times. Public meetings being held throughout the state are also available on the State of Iowa public meeting calendar.
* The Iowa DNR is proposing to issue these construction permit(s). Written comments should be directed immediately to the assigned engineer.
The DNR is proposing to revise the “Is Modification to My Air Construction Permit Needed?” fact sheet and corresponding FAQ to incorporate updates made to 40 CFR Part 51 Appendix W. The fact sheet and FAQ have been revised to allow additional operational flexibility to change discharge styles without a permit modification for downward to horizontal, downward to vertical obstructed, and downward to vertical unobstructed discharge types. These additional scenarios are proposed to be added to the draft fact sheet and FAQ.
The DNR will accept comments related to the draft fact sheet and FAQ until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Please direct all questions or comments to:
Environmental Engineer Senior
Air Quality Bureau
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1
Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
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The DNR invites the public to provide comment on the sulfur dioxide (SO2) Data Requirements Rule (DRR) annual report. The DRR requires an annual assessment of recent SO2 emissions in any area where air quality modeling of actual emissions provided the basis for designating the area attainment for the 2010 1-hour SO2 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS).
In the second annual DRR report, the DNR is evaluating recent changes in SO2 emissions in Des Moines and Wapello Counties and providing new air quality modeling results that show continued attainment with the 1-hour SO2 NAAQS. The new modeling results will also satisfy criteria to exempt Des Moines and Wapello Counties from future DRR reviews.
Anyone may make written suggestions or comments on the report. Written comments must be received by June 18, 2018, and may be sent to:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Air Quality Bureau
c/o Matthew Johnson
502 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50319
Or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions call Matthew at: (515) 725-9554
+ Opportunity for Comment: PM2.5 SILs and AAR Summary Web Page
The DNR is proposing two updates to modeling guidance documents and associated construction permitting forms. Specifically, EPA’s recently released PM2.5 Significant Impact Levels (SIL) have been incorporated into the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Modeling Guidelines, and references to a new web page have been added to Form MD. The DNR is providing this information for a two-week informal comment period.
On April 17, 2018 EPA released a memo titled “Guidance on Significant Impact Levels for Ozone and Fine Particles in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permitting Program.” In this guidance EPA recommended a 24-hour PM2.5 SIL of 1.2 µg/m3, which is the same level as the previously proposed draft SIL. They also recommended an annual PM2.5 SIL of 0.2 µg/m3, which is lower than the previously proposed draft SIL (0.3 µg/m3). Refer to EPA’s Significant Impact Levels for Ozone and Fine Particles web page for additional information regarding their analysis and recommendations.
The DNR plans to incorporate EPA’s recommended SILs into modeling guidance for PSD projects. EPA’s guidance provides flexibility for the use of an annual PM2.5 SIL between 0.2 µg/m3 and 0.3 µg/m3, but requires that justification is provided for whatever value is used. EPA’s guidance provides this justification for the lower 0.2 µg/m3 value. The revised DNR guidance will also allow for this flexibility, but the DNR currently does not have the resources to evaluate an alternate annual SIL. Therefore, applicants will be required to use 0.2 µg/m3 for the annual PM2.5 SIL unless they can provide their own justification for an alternate value. Any such justification will then be provided to EPA for their review during the comment period of the associated draft permits.
For non-PSD projects, the DNR is currently proposing to continue using the higher 0.3 µg/m3 annual PM2.5 SIL.
AAR Summary Web Page
The Air Quality Bureau has added a tool to its web site that will be useful to those applying for a construction air permit.
The DNR uses dispersion modeling to determine the impact that construction projects may have on air quality. The air quality impacts from these projects are compared to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to ensure that public health is protected, and this information is summarized for the applicant in the form of an Availability of Air Resources (AAR) Summary. The applicant can then use the AAR Summary for planning purposes and to assist in the preparation of future permit applications.
The Bureau's Availability of Air Resources (AAR) page has been created to assist applicants in completing Section 2 of Form MD. The Availability of Air Resources (AAR) web page includes contact information that can be used to request an AAR Summary, as well as a list of frequently asked questions. AAR Summaries provide the most recent comprehensive modeling results in the vicinity of a facility. Requests sent via the contact information on the AAR web page are forwarded to all DNR modeling staff, allowing requests to be fulfilled even when someone is out of the office.
Please send any comments or questions to Jim McGraw at email@example.com, or by phone at (515) 725-9543, by 4:30 pm on 6/22/2018.
Air Quality Client Contact Meetings focus on current and upcoming air program issues and changes. The meetings provide an open forum for stakeholders and the general public to discuss new state and federal air quality rules or air program developments and are a good source of information for anyone who works with or has an interest in activities related to air quality.
All meetings are open to the public.
Legislation passed by the 86th session of Iowa General Assembly (Senate File 488) established authority to collect application fees for new source air construction permits at major sources. Construction permit application fees will pay for the reasonable direct and indirect costs of implementing and administrating new source review programs for major sources. The legislation directs the DNR to convene a fee advisory group to obtain recommendations regarding these fees for major source air construction permits, including Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits. The advisory group will meet at least once annually to consider the fees. For more information contact Jim McGraw at Jim.Mcgraw@dnr.iowa.gov or
Major Source Construction Permit Application Fee and Title V Fees Advisory Group
Minor Source Construction Permit Application Fee Advisory Group
Asbestos Notification Fee Advisory Group
The Air Quality Bureau convened a diverse work group (see members below) to reexamine and provide feedback on the current fees for: minor source and major source air construction permit applications; operating permit applications; Title V emissions; and asbestos notifications. Group members developed and endorsed specific recommendations for future changes to funding the Iowa air quality program.
For more information contact Jim McGraw at Jim.Mcgraw@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9543 or Wendy Walker at Wendy.Walker@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9570.
Agendas and the handouts from each meeting are posted below.
June 21, 2017 ....... Agenda
July 13, 2017 ....... Agenda
July 19, 2017 ....... Agenda
July 20, 2017 ....... Agenda
July 25, 2017....... Agenda
July 7 enfoTech eApplication Presentation
The DNR held a Value Stream Mapping Event (VSM) on October 17 – 20, 2016. This was a collaborative event with six industry representatives and was co-facilitated by the Department of Management. The VSM participants thoroughly discussed various opportunities to transform Title V permitting and came to consensus on six key deliverables to improve efficiency:
These deliverables will relate to receiving better information from our applicants, thereby improving the efficiency of the DNR staff who will no longer spend time collecting information that could have been provided up front.
Since three of these improvements are more complex in nature the DNR is asking for the input of additional team members. Two workgroups will be held between January 17 and 20, 2017 to address the optional pre-meetings and improvements to the application forms. If you are interested in participating in either one or both workgroups, or for additional information, contact Lori Hanson. The workgroups will consist of a diverse group of twelve to fifteen industry representatives.
If you have comments or questions about the VSM event or wish to participate in the upcoming workgroups, please contact Lori Hanson, Title V Permit Supervisor, at 515-725-9525 or Lori.Hanson@dnr.iowa.gov.
Title V Workgroups
Representatives from eight businesses collaborated with Title V permit writing staff from the DNR and Linn County in two workgroups held between January 17 and 20, 2017. One team addressed optional pre-meetings for hands-on help with the application, likely resulting in a faster application review time a permit that better reflects the needs of the business. The second team simplified the Title V application forms by creating Excel spreadsheet versions of some forms, allowing the use of previous versions of the forms, reducing the information requested, and updating the application instructions.
The purpose of the eAirServices Advisory Workgroup is to provide recommendations to the DNR related to the current and future operations of SLEIS, SPARS, and e-Application.
Please contact Jim McGraw at Jim.McGraw@dnr.iowa.gov or at 515-725-9543 if you have any questions.
Aug 2016 e-Application Project Update
Past Meeting Information:
May 19, 2016 eAirPermitting Customer Workshop Webinar
The eAirPermitting Webinar reached 28 representatives from minor source, major source, and consultants as well as 8 representatives from ECOS, EPA, Georgia and Delaware agencies. Results from the polls and key features ranking exercise were compiled and added to the meeting slides.
April 2016 eAirPermitting Customer Workshops
The eAirPermitting Customer Workshops reached 35 representatives from minor source, major source, consultants, and local agencies. Results from the interactive ranking of key features were compiled and added to the meeting slides.
July 14-16, 2015
June 20, 2013
December 6, 2013
The Iowa General Assembly (House File 2473) directed the DNR to convene a stakeholder group for the purposes of studying the funding of the air quality programs administered by the department. Stakeholder group members will develop recommendations for funding the air quality program for next year and beyond. The department submitted a report to the General Assembly regarding the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group on December 1, 2014.
For more information contact Jim McGraw at Jim.Mcgraw@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9543.
December 1, 2014
November 13, 2014 Meeting
November 5, 2014 Meeting
October 15, 2014 Meeting
September 30, 2014 Meeting
August 20, 2014 Meeting
July 17, 2014 Meeting
Carbon Pollution Standards for the Power Sector
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a suite of Carbon Pollution Standards for the power sector. The DNR convened a stakeholder group regarding the standards from July 2014 – March 2016. EPA is currently proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan after completing a thorough review as directed by the Energy Independence Executive Order. EPA will accept comment on the proposal until April 26, 2018.
On December 18, 2017 the EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit information from the public about a potential future rulemaking to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric utility generating units.EPA will accept comment on the proposal until February 26, 2018.
Please contact Marnie.Stein@dnr.iowa.gov if you would like more information.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
January 14, 2016 Meeting
November 16, 2015 Meeting
September 9, 2015 Meeting
September 19, 2014 Meeting
July 22, 2014 Meeting
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau hosted two LEAN events the week of November 30-December 4, 2015. These dual LEAN events allowed invited participants to explore efficiencies related to the creation of an option for a multi emission point construction permit and a reduction in the length of issued construction permits.
Some of the specific goals and objectives of the 2015 Construction Permit Dual LEAN events include:
If you have comments or questions about either of the LEAN events, please contact Sarah Piziali, Construction Permit Supervisor, at 515-725-9549 or Sarah.Piziali@dnr.iowa.gov.
Event 1: Multi-Permit (November 30th - December 2nd)
Event 2: Reduced Permit Framework (December 3rd & December 4th)