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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.
Construction and Operating Permits
* The Iowa DNR is proposing to issue these construction permit(s). Written comments should be directed immediately to the assigned engineer.
Draft Rulemaking for Ease of Application
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide informal comments on a draft rulemaking proposal. The draft air quality rule changes will formalize permitting process improvements identified during LEAN* events conducted in late 2015, involving stakeholders, the DNR, and the Office of Lean Enterprise in the Department of Management.
The draft proposal would amend requirements for submitting construction and Title V operating permit applications to clarify the types of mailing services that may be used to submit applications and that applications are not required to be submitted by certified mail. The draft proposal also describes what constitutes a valid electronic signature for permit applications submitted electronically and would establish electronic media submission requirements necessary for compliance with the federal Cross Media Electronic Reporting Rule adopted in Chapter 15 of Iowa Administrative Code 567.
The draft proposal includes reduced regulatory burden for construction permit applicants for projects that will not emit Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by eliminating the requirement to submit the current three-page GHG form. Applicants would instead be able to indicate that the application includes no GHG emissions in the project description.
How to Provide Input on the Draft Proposal
Please provide any written comments and suggestions on the draft proposal to Christine Paulson, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Tuesday, September 6, 2016, as follows:
Mail or Hand-delivery: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, 50324
This informal comment period is an opportunity for stakeholders to assist the DNR in developing the rule proposal. After considering public input, the DNR will determine whether to proceed with the rule making and present a proposal to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The public may also provide comments on the proposal at the Commission meeting. If the Commission approves the proposal for public comment, the Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. The Notice's publication will initiate a formal public comment period of at least 30 days. The DNR will hold a public hearing during the public comment period.
For more information, please contact Christine Paulson at the e-mail address noted above or by phone at (515) 725-9510.
* LEAN is a collection of principles, methods, and tools that improve the speed and efficiency of any process by eliminating waste.
Proposed Rulemaking to Provide Regulatory Certainty
The Environmental Protection Commission (Commission), on October 18, 2016, approved a proposed air quality rulemaking for publication and formal public comment.
The proposed air quality rule changes will:
1) Rescind unnecessary rules and update other rules to provide regulatory certainty and flexibility. The proposal will implement a portion of the Iowa DNR's 5-year rules review plan to accomplish the requirements of Iowa Code section 17A.7(2). The proposal continues previous efforts in the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR's) rules review plan to identify rules that can be rescinded or amended because they are outdated or obsolete. The proposed changes improve rules for several air quality programs, including construction permits, Title V permits, PSD, and testing and monitoring methods.
2) Offer uniform rules by making changes that match federal regulations and eliminated inconsistency between federal and state rules. The proposal includes changes to adopt federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Most of the proposed changes affect existing federal standards that the DNR has already adopted by reference, but that EPA has since amended. By adopting federal updates into state administrative rules, the DNR is ensuring that Iowa's air quality rules are no more stringent than federal regulations. Adopting EPA's amendments also allows state rules to be consistent with federal regulations, and provides certainty to affected businesses and other interested stakeholders. Additionally, the updates allow the DNR, rather than the EPA, to be the primary agency to implement the air quality requirements in Iowa, thereby allowing the DNR and its partners to provide compliance assistance and outreach to affected facilities.
Anyone may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016. Written comments should be directed to Christine Paulson, Department of Natural Resources, Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324; fax (515)725-9501; or by e-mail to email@example.com.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the conference rooms at the Department’s Air Quality Bureau office located at 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights, Iowa.
For more information, please contact Christine Paulson by e-mail at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at 515-725-9510.
Draft 2015 Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
The DNR seeks comments on its draft of the legislatively mandated 2015 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report. Interested parties may review the draft report available below. The DNR seeks information or suggestions that would improve the accuracy of the report. Send corrections or comments to Marnie Stein at Marnie.Stein@dnr.iowa.gov by 4:30 p.m., Dec. 5, 2016.
When published, this will be the tenth greenhouse gas inventory conducted for Iowa. The inventory is a policy-neutral calculation of Iowa greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, which includes various sectors, such as: agriculture, fossil fuel combustion, industrial processes, natural gas transmission and distribution, transportation and waste. It also includes carbon storage and emissions from land use, land use change and forestry.
Opportunity to Provide Informal Comments on Asbestos Fee Clarification Rulemaking Proposal
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide informal comments on a draft rulemaking proposal. The draft air quality rule changes will clarify the provisions for fees associated with asbestos demolition and renovation projects to match Iowa Code.
Iowa Code section 455B.133C(7)(a) states, “The asbestos account shall include all fees established by the commission to be imposed and collected by the department for accepting notifications involving demolition or renovation projects under the asbestos national emission standard for hazardous air pollutants program pursuant to 567 IAC ch.23.”
Currently, subrule 30.3(1) states that “the owner or operator of a site subject to the national emissions standard for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos notifications, adopted by reference in 567 paragraph 23.1(2)“a,” shall submit a fee with each original and each annual notification for each demolition or renovation, including abatement.” However, subrule 30.3(2)”a”, which is part of a list stating when fees are not required, appears to conflict with subrule 30.3(1), by excluding all demolition and renovation projects when certain thresholds have not been met.
The exception described in subrule 30.3(2)”a”, is meant to apply only to asbestos NESHAP renovation projects, and not to asbestos NESHAP demolition projects. The asbestos NESHAP requires notification of all demolition projects, regardless of whether or not asbestos is present.
The DNR is proposing to rescind paragraph “a” so that owners and operators are not confused about whether a fee is required, and so that rule 567-30.3(455B) is consistent with the Iowa Code.
Written comments and suggestions on the draft proposal should be provided to Christine Paulson, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Friday, December 2, 2016, at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov, or by mail or hand-delivery to: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, 50324
This informal comment period is an opportunity for stakeholders to assist the DNR in developing the rule proposal. After considering public input, the DNR will determine whether to proceed with the rule making and present a proposal to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The public may also provide comments on the proposal at the Commission meeting. If the Commission approves the proposal for public comment, the Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. The Notice’s publication will initiate a formal public comment period of at least 30 days. The DNR will hold a public hearing during the public comment period.
Opportunity to Provide Comments on the Grain Processing Corporation’s Consent Order Amendment
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is requesting public comment on a draft amendment to Administrative Consent Order (ACO) No. 2014-AQ-A1. The ACO was entered into between the DNR and Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) on February 4, 2014, for the purpose of addressing monitored exceedances of the 2006 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) in Muscatine, Iowa. The ACO established time schedules for GPC’s completion of their portion of a control strategy to meet the requirements of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) State Implementation Plan (SIP) call for Muscatine County, Iowa.
In the draft ACO amendment the DNR is proposing to change the date in Section V, paragraph 6 of GPC’s ACO for completion of performance testing from May 31, 2017, to May 31, 2018. The change would remove the burden of GPC having to perform possibly unnecessary performance testing on sources where the DNR is still in the process of drafting air construction permits. The amendment would allow DNR more time to complete processing air construction permit applications submitted by GPC and specify testing requirements as appropriate in the final permits.
This change would not impact the schedule for installation and operation of control equipment required in the ACO and will not alter any other compliance dates specified in the ACO. There will be no impacts on air quality as a result of the amendment.
Any person may make written comments on this proposed amendment on or before January 3, 2017. Written comments should be directed to Wendy Walker, Department of Natural Resources, Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, 50324, fax 515-725-9570, or by electronic mail to Wendy.Walker@dnr.iowa.gov.
All comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 3, 2017. A public hearing will be held regarding these proposed permitting actions upon request from the public. The request for a public hearing and public comments must be received prior to end of the public comment period.
A responsiveness summary will be prepared by the DNR following the close of the public comment period. The responsiveness summary will include any written or oral comments received during the public participation process and the DNR’s response to the comments. The completed responsiveness summary will be forwarded to EPA and made available to the public upon request.
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.
Meetings for Fee Advisory Groups
The Air Quality Bureau meets annually with Title V stakeholders to obtain input on the development of the Title V budget and fee. Recent legislation (SF 488) directs the Air Quality Bureau to also annually convene stakeholder advisory groups to discuss budgets and fees associated with minor source construction permit applications, major source construction permit applications, and asbestos notifications. Discussions regarding fees associated with Title V operating permit applications will be combined with discussions regarding the Title V emissions fee in a Title V Fees Advisory Group.
Title V Fee Advisory Meeting:
September 15, 2016 Agenda
October 27, 2016 Agenda
Fiscal Year 2018 Meeting for the Fee Advisory Groups will be held January 11, 2017 at:
DNR Air Quality Bureau
7900 Hickman Rd Ste 1
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Information about the different group meeting times are listed below.
Major Source Construction Permit Application Fee Advisory Group and Title V Fees Advisory Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.
Minor Source Construction Permit Application Fee Advisory Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.
Asbestos Notification Fee Advisory Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 3:00 P.M.
2016 Title V Lean Event
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.
eAirServices Advisory Workgroup
The purpose of the eAirServices Advisory Workgroup is to provide recommendations to the DNR related to the current and future operations of SLEIS and SPARS.
Please contact Jason Marcel at Jason.Marcel@dnr.iowa.gov or at 515-725-9529 if you have any questions.
eAirPermit 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
Fee Advisory Groups
Legislation passed by the 86th session of Iowa General Assembly (Senate File 488) established authority for the DNR to collect fees to fund activities associated with the Title V operating permit program, major and minor source construction permitting, and notifications for demolition and renovation projects subject to the asbestos national emission standard for hazardous air pollutants program. The legislation directs the DNR to convene fee advisory groups to obtain recommendations regarding fees for these programs. The fees are expected to go into effect on January 15, 2016.
Four fee advisory groups have been formed:
Additional Information and meeting handouts for the advisory groups are available on the individual advisory group pages.
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.
Carbon Pollution Standards for the Power Sector
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 is currently listening to stakeholders and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
For more information, including stakeholder participation information, contact Marnie Stein at Marnie.Stein@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9555.
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
2015 Construction Permit Dual Lean Events
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)