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Opportunity to provide input on expanding PAL opportunities for greenhouse gases
Posted: 10/11/2012
The Iowa DNR invites the public to provide informal input* on an upcoming rulemaking.

Purpose of the Proposed Changes
The purpose of this rulemaking is to adopt recent federal amendments to the PSD program related to greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed changes will streamline Iowa’s EPA-approved PSD program by expanding the existing provisions for plant wide applicability limits (PALs). 

A PAL permit establishes plant wide emission limits on a pollutant-by-pollutant basis. If a facility can maintain its overall emissions of a particular pollutant below the PAL level, the facility can make changes without triggering PSD review. The proposed rule changes will provide additional opportunities for new and existing facilities to apply for PALs for greenhouse gases.

Need for rule changes
At this time, the DNR has received one application for a greenhouse gas PAL. Other companies have also inquired about the availability of a PAL for greenhouse gases since the federal amendments became effective on August 13, 2012.

Because Iowa has its own federally approved PSD program, the DNR cannot issue a final PAL permit including the new greenhouse gas provisions until these provisions are adopted into state administrative rules. Without final rules, applicants would need to apply to EPA to use the new PAL provisions. 

Summary of Rule Changes
The rulemaking includes two proposed amendments to the PSD program rules in 567 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 33. The proposed amendments match recent changes to federal regulations expanding the options for PALs for greenhouse gas emissions.

Information available for review
Information on the proposed rulemaking is available on the DNR’s website at Air Quality Public Input (scroll down to the Administrative Rules section). Or, click here: Scroll down to Administrative Rules.

How to Provide Input
Please provide any informal comments or suggestions to Christine Paulson, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Thursday, October 25, 2012,* as follows:

Fax: (515) 242-5094
Mail or Hand-delivery: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, 50324

For questions, please contact Christine Paulson at the e-mail address noted above or by phone at (515) 242-5154.

The informal public input period is an opportunity for stakeholders to assist in developing rule proposals. After considering stakeholder input, the DNR will submit the rulemaking proposal to the Governor’s office for clearance. If cleared, the DNR will present the proposed rulemaking for decision to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The public may provide additional comments at the Commission meeting. If the Commission approves the proposal for publication and comment, a Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. Upon publication, the formal public comment period for the proposed rule changes will be at least 30 days, and the DNR will hold at least one public hearing.

This list serve article is intended for consultants, industries, environmental groups, general public, and other entities regulated under the Clean Air Act. It was written by the DNR Air Quality Bureau to share regulatory news, program updates and technical guidance.