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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 invites the public to provide comment on a draft plan to help redesignate the Muscatine area from nonattainment to attainment with the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard. The DNR intends to submit the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a revision to Iowa's state implementation plan (SIP).
EPA designated a portion of Muscatine County as a nonattainment area in 2013 because SO2 concentrations in the air did not meet the 2010 federal 1-hour SO2 health standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). Beginning with the 2015-2017 three-year period, SO2 concentrations measured in Muscatine show the area meets the standard. The improved air quality is the result of permanent reductions in local emissions.
The proposed SIP revision includes a maintenance plan to demonstrate the Muscatine area will continue to meet the 1-hour SO2 standard. The DNR is also requesting the removal of outdated permits and less stringent SO2 requirements for the revoked 24-hour SO2 federal air quality standard. A copy of the draft plan and its attachments are provided below. When DNR submits the plan, the Governor will formally ask EPA to redesignate the area to attainment. Only EPA can redesignate the area to attainment.
Draft SIP Documents
Muscatine 1-Hour SO2 Maintenance Plan
Attachment 1 - GPC's New and Modified Permits
Attachment 2 - MPW's Modified Permits
Attachment 3 - Monsanto's Modified Permit
Public Comments & Public Hearing Information
Anyone may make written comments on this proposed SIP revision. The comment period starts on August 20, 2021, and ends on September 20, 2021. Written comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2021 and may be sent to:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Air Quality Bureau
c/o Matthew Johnson
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Or email email@example.com, or fax 515-725-9501.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. Participants may access the public hearing as follows:
Teleconference: (669) 238-0582, PIN: 507 076 149#
Video Conference: https://meet.google.com/nvb-yswe-zbu
List of additional phone numbers (if needed): https://meet.google.com/tel/nvb-yswe-zbu?pin=7204233117497
If you plan to participate in the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to a hearing impairment, contact Matthew Johnson at 515-725-9554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of specific needs.
DNR will summarize and respond to comments after the close of the public comment period. The responsiveness summary will include written and oral comments and DNR's response to the comments. The completed responsiveness summary will be forwarded to EPA and made available to the public as part of the final SIP submission.
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 is convening a stakeholder advisory group to receive input on a potential rule making regarding requiring electronic submittal of air emissions inventory reports, air permit applications, and other air quality documents. An advisory group meeting will be held with Zoom on August 19 at 10 am [air electronic submittals advisory group meeting, add to calendar]. Registration details are included in the meeting agenda.
For more information please contact Jessica Reese Mcintyre at email@example.com or 515-725-9547, or Jim Mcgraw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-689-1439. For information on the potential rule making, please contact Christine Paulson at email@example.com or 515-725-9510.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-725-9543 or Wendy Walker at email@example.com 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. The workgroups will consist of a diverse group of twelve to fifteen industry representatives.
If you have comments or questions about the VSM event, please contact Marnie Stein, Title V permit supervisor, at 515-725-9525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
Event 1: Multi-permit (November 30th - December 2nd)
Event 2: Reduced Permit Framework (December 3rd & December 4th)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-689-1439.
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
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 email@example.com or at 515-689-1439 if you have any questions.
past meeting information:
may 19, 2016 e-airpermitting customer workshop webinar
the e-airpermitting webinar reached 28 representatives from minor sources, major sources, 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 e-airpermitting customer workshops
the e-airpermitting customer workshops reached 35 representatives from minor sources, major sources, 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
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