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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.
Draft Rulemaking to Provide Regulatory Certainty
After considering public input, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has sent a draft rulemaking to the Governor's office for preclearance to proceed with the rulemaking process.
The draft air quality rule changes will:
1) Rescind unnecessary rules and update other rules to provide regulatory certainty and flexibility. The draft 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 draft rule changes continue previous efforts in the DNR's rules review plan to identify rules that can be rescinded or amended because they are outdated or obsolete. The draft 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 draft proposal includes changes to adopt federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Most of the draft changes affect existing federal standards that the Department 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 Iowa 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.
If cleared by the Governor's office, the DNR will 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 approved 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.
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
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, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.
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)