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Public Comment Period Extended for Compliance and Enforcement Rulemaking (proposed Chapter 17, forme
Friday, May 18, 2012

The DNR has extended the public comment period for the proposed rules to clarify and affirm the variety of compliance and enforcement options the Department may consider in responding to possible violations of environmental statutes, rules, permits, licenses, certifications, and plans. The proposed rules are new Chapter17 (567 Iowa Administrative Code), and were formerly proposed as new Chapter “9A.”

The DNR held a public hearing on April 23, 2012, and is extending the public comment period deadline to August 16, 2012. The DNR is extending the comment period to allow more time for stakeholders to provide comment.

The DNR plans to hold additional public hearings. The dates and locations of the additional hearings will be announced at a later date.

The DNR welcomes all public comments. Please provide any written comments to Christine Paulson no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2012, by e-mail to, by fax to 515-242-5094, or by delivery to Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324.

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

To access the published notices and for more information, click on the following links:
o   Notice of Intended Action published March 21, 2012, in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin
o   Amended Notice of Intended Action extending the public comment period to August 16, 2012, published in the Bulletin on May 15, 2012
o   DNR Public Input

Additional Information

The DNR has used procedures similar to proposed Chapter 17 for many years, and this rulemaking simply formalizes this practice. The DNR held public meetings and has been accepting public input on the proposal since November 2011. The Environmental Protection Commission reviewed the proposal for informational purposes on January 17, 2012, and approved the Notice for publication and formal public comment on February 21, 2012. The Notice was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on March 21, 2012. (Note: This rulemaking is not specific to air quality. It covers all environmental program areas that the DNR regulates.)

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.