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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
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide informal comments on a draft rulemaking proposal.
Affected businesses and the public benefit from up-to-date air quality requirements and increased effectiveness. The proposed changes to air quality rules:
1) Reduce the cost of government, while providing streamlined services to the public and regulated community.
2) Update rules to provide regulatory certainty and flexibility. The proposed rules will implement a portion of the Department’s 5-year rules review, achieving a purpose similar to air quality rulemaking packages adopted earlier this year and in 2017.
3) Offer uniform rules by making changes that match federal regulations. By adopting federal updates into state administrative rules, the Commission is ensuring that Iowa’s air quality rules are no more stringent than federal regulations. Additionally, the updates allow the Department, rather than the EPA, to be the primary agency to implement the air quality requirements in Iowa, thereby allowing the Department to provide compliance assistance and outreach to affected facilities.
Summary of Draft Proposal
The proposed rule changes continue previous efforts to improve rules for air quality programs.
Electronic Emissions Reporting
To simplify the reporting requirements for industry, increase reporting efficiency and reduce cost to the state, the Department is proposing to require the use of electronic emissions reporting for all Title V facilities, beginning with reports due to the Department by March 31, 2019. The transition to entirely electronic reporting will make air emissions information more quickly available to industry seeking to build new facilities or expand existing facilities, and for the public. Additionally, electronic reporting will reduce the cost to the state because Department staff will no longer need to data-enter this information prior to providing it in the annual federally-required emissions report.
The proposed rule changes update several references for the new location and mailing address of the Department’s Air Quality Bureau.
Consistency with Federal Regulations
The rule revisions adopt technical corrections that EPA made to continuous methods for measuring air pollutant emissions. The rule changes also include adoption of revisions to federal air toxics standards (also known as National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants or NESHAP), new source performance standards (NSPS) and EPA’s Emission Guidelines. 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, August 28, 2018, at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov, or by mail or hand-delivery to: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
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.
The DNR invites the public to provide comment on the State of Iowa’s state implementation plan (SIP) for the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Section 110(a) of the Clean Air Act requires states to adopt and submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS within 3 years of promulgation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These plans are typically referred to as infrastructure SIPs.
The ozone NAAQS was revised by EPA on October 1, 2015. The level of the standard was lowered from 0.075 parts per million (ppm) to 0.070 ppm per 8-hour average concentration. The EPA’s decision to tighten the standard was based upon the latest review of available scientific information linking health effects to ozone concentrations.
Anyone may make written comments on this proposed SIP revision on or before October 19, 2018. Written comments may be sent to:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Air Quality Bureau
c/o Wendy Walker
502 E 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Or e-mail Wendy.Walker@dnr.iowa.gov, or by fax 515-725-9501
A public hearing will be held on October 19, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in conference room 2E at the Wallace State Office Building, 502 E 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034. All comments must be received no later than October 19, 2018. Any person who intends to attend the public hearing and has special requirements such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments should contact Wendy Walker at 515-725-9570 to advise of any specific needs.
A responsiveness summary will be prepared by the Iowa 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 Iowa 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.
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.
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)