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Invitation for Public Comment: Air quality rules for air toxics and new source performance standards
Posted: 05/24/2012

The DNR is proposing an air quality rulemaking that will:

1) Adopt recent federal amendments to three existing air toxics standards and two existing new source performance standards (NSPS), which will provide regulatory benefits;

2) Adopt two new air toxics standards;* and

3) Make clear that the Department is not adopting specific federal standards and amendments that EPA is reconsidering.

*The official name for EPA’s air toxics standards are National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP. 

The DNR welcomes all comments. July 16, 2012, is the deadline to provide written comments to the DNR. 

To review the proposed rule changes and supporting documents, go to the DNR’s air quality public input website (scroll down to Administrative Rules). Or go to the DNR’s air regulatory website at Click on Stakeholder Involvement on the menu on the left side, and then click on the link for Public Input

The DNR will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the DNR’s Air Quality Bureau conference rooms at 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa.

All comments must be submitted to the DNR by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012.

For questions or to provide comments, please contact Christine Paulson at or by phone at (515) 242-5154. Written comments may also be sent to Christine Paulson by fax to (515) 242-5094 or by delivery to Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324.

Additional Information

The DNR worked with affected stakeholders and accepted informal public input on this rulemaking. Drafts of the proposal were made available for informal public input on August 9, 2011, and again on October 4, 2011. The DNR revised the proposal based on public input.

The DNR submitted the proposed rulemaking package to the Governor’s office for preclearance on February 23, 2012. The Governor’s office cleared the rulemaking package on April 24, 2012. The Environmental Protection Commission approved the proposed rule changes for publication and formal public comment on May 15, 2012. The Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on June 13, 2012.

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.