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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.
Ease of Application: Opportunity to Provide Comments on Proposed Rulemaking
Following an opportunity for informal public input, the Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) submitted a proposed rulemaking for approval to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The Environmental Protection Commission (Commission), on December 19, 2016, approved the proposed air quality rulemaking for publication and formal public comment.
The proposed 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 proposal will 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 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 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. Additionally, the required number of submitted copies of the Title V application is being reduced from two copies to one copy.
Anyone may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 20, 2017. 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 Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017, 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.
* LEAN is a collection of principles, methods, and tools that improve the speed and efficiency of any process by eliminating waste.
Asbestos Fee Clarification Draft Rulemaking
Following an opportunity for informal public input through December 2, 2016, the Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) has submitted a draft rulemaking to the DNR Director for review. 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.
If approved to proceed with the rule making, the DNR will present a proposal to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The public may 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 on the status of the draft rulemaking, please contact Christine Paulson at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at (515) 725-9510.
Opportunity to Provide Informal Input on Proposed Rules to Provide Regulatory Certainty (Part 2)
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide informal comments on a draft rulemaking proposal.
The purpose of the proposed air quality rule changes is to:
1) Rescind unnecessary rules and update other rules to provide regulatory certainty and flexibility. The draft rules 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 rule changes 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.
2) Offer uniform rules by making changes that match federal regulations and eliminated inconsistency between federal and state rules. The draft 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.
Summary of Draft Proposal
The proposed rule changes continue previous efforts to identify rules that can be rescinded or amended for air quality programs, including construction permits, Title V permits, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), air toxics standards, and testing and monitoring methods because the rules are outdated or obsolete. The proposed rules achieve a purpose similar to the Regulatory Certainty rulemaking package adopted earlier this year.
The rule changes also include adoption of new and revised federal air toxics standards (also known as National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants or NESHAP) and new source performance standards (NSPS). These include changes affecting existing federal standards that are already adopted by reference, but that EPA has since amended. Adopting EPA’s amendments allows state rules to be consistent with federal regulations, and provides certainty to affected businesses and other interested stakeholders.
How to Provide Input
Written comments and suggestions on the draft proposal may be provided to Christine Paulson, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 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.
For more information, please contact Christine Paulson by e-mail at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at 515-725-9510.
Updated Modeling Guidance
On May 22, 2017 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the revisions to Appendix W became effective. The final rule includes several new or updated model options that help alleviate model over-prediction or allow for more appropriate source characterization. Of particular importance to applicants in Iowa are the updates to the Nitrogen Dioxide Tier 2 and Tier 3 screening techniques, the optional adjustment of the surface friction velocity (Adjust-u*), and regulatory options to address plume rise for horizontal and capped stacks.
For additional information about the 2017 Appendix W final rule please visit EPA’s Support Center for Regulatory Atmospheric Modeling (SCRAM) website.
The Iowa DNR has incorporated these changes into various modeling guidance documents, which are available for informal comment now:
Draft Guidance Documents:
Please send any comments or questions to Brad Ashton at Brad.Ashton@dnr.iowa.gov, or by phone at (515) 725-9527, by Wednesday June 7th.
Council Bluffs Lead Maintenance Plan
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to comment on a draft revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) that provides for maintenance of the 2008 lead health standard in Council Bluffs.
In 2011 EPA designated a portion of Council Bluffs as nonattainment because lead concentrations measured in the air did not meet the federal health standard for lead. The DNR collaborated with the lead-emitting sources in the nonattainment area and air pollution control measures were developed and implemented. Ambient lead concentrations now meet the federal standard. The Maintenance Plan is designed to ensure that the area will continue to attain and maintain the federal lead health standard. The State will also ask EPA to redesignate the area to attainment.
A public hearing will be held on June 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Council Bluffs Public Library, located at 400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503.
Written comments on the Council Bluffs Lead Maintenance Plan must be provided on or before June 27, 2017, to Matthew Johnson by one of the following methods:
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.
Fiscal Year 2018 Meeting for the Fee Advisory Groups will be held February 8, 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, February 8, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.
February 8, 2017 Agenda
February 8, 2017 Handout - Revised
February 8, 2017 Draft Network Changes
February 8, 2017 Memo
Minor Source Construction Permit Application Fee Advisory Group
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.
February 8, 2017 Handout
Asbestos Notification Fee Advisory Group
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:00 P.M.
Title V Fee Advisory Meeting:
October 27, 2016 Agenda
September 15, 2016 Agenda
2017 Air Quality Program Funding Work Group
The Air Quality Bureau has 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 will develop and endorse specific recommendations for future changes to funding the Iowa air quality program next year and beyond.
For more information contact Jim McGraw at Jim.Mcgraw@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9543 or Wendy Walker at email@example.com or 515-725-9570.
Meetings: All meetings will be held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the DNR - Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Rd, Ste 1, Windsor Heights, IA 50324. Currently scheduled meeting dates are:
June 21, 2017 ....... Agenda
July 13, 2017
July 20, 2017
July 25, 2017
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.
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 following documents are available for comment through May 15, 2017:
The following forms and instructions are available for comment through May 31, 2017:
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 convened a stakeholder group regarding the standards from July 2014 – March 2016. At this time, no future meetings of the stakeholder group have been scheduled due to pending litigation and EPA review of the standards.
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
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)