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Public Input Opportunity for Proposal to Rescind Voluntary Operating Permit Program
Posted: 03/07/2014

In the mid-1990’s, the DNR developed the voluntary operating permit (VOP) program to assist facilities that wanted to take voluntary limitations on emissions and operations to avoid having to obtain a federal Title V operating permit. DNR’s Air Construction Permit program can also provide a mechanism to establish limits to remain below the Title V operating permit program thresholds. 

An Executive Order 80 stakeholder group was formed to make recommendations on the VOP program. The stakeholder group recommended to the Environmental Protection Commission that the VOP rules be rescinded by December 31, 2014. The stakeholder group further recommended that the DNR work with each of the 18 VOP holders on an individual basis to assist them in utilizing other existing permitting options that meet the needs of the facility.   Affected facilities will be transferred to an alternative permitting option and have their VOP permits rescinded by May 1, 2014. 

How to Provide Input on the Draft Proposal

The draft proposal to rescind the VOP rules is available at Air Quality Stakeholder Involvement (scroll down to the Public Input section and click on “Proposal to Rescind the Voluntary Operating Permit Program”). Or, click here: http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryAir/StakeholderInvolvement.aspx.

Information available for review includes:

  • Draft rulemaking package:
    • Jobs Impact Statement
    • Fiscal Impact Statement
    • Notice of Intended Action

The DNR is requesting public input on all aspects of the draft proposal. Please provide written comments and suggestions to Wendy Walker, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Friday, March 21, as follows: 

E-mail: wendy.walker@dnr.iowa.gov

Fax: (515) 725-9501

Mail or Hand-delivery: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, 50324.  For more information, please contact Wendy Walker at the e-mail address noted above or by phone at (515) 725-9570.

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.





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