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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.
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
* The Iowa DNR is proposing to issue these construction permit(s). Written comments should be directed immediately to the assigned engineer.
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.
Executive Order 10 (EO10) signed by the Governor on January 10, 2023, requires all state agencies to identify which administrative rule chapters will be retained or rescinded. For more information on EO10 please go to the Governor's Office webpage for Executive Orders.
The EO10 process for both the review of existing rule chapters and the reauthorization of rule chapters that will be retained includes public engagement with the opportunity for meaningful input throughout the process. Opportunities for public input and information for public review during the Air Quality Bureau's implementation of EO10 will be posted below as they become available.
For more information contact Christine Paulson at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9510.
Public Comment Opportunity for Draft Air Quality Rule Changes
The DNR will hold a public comment period from September 6 – September 28, 2023, for proposed rule changes to the air quality chapters. The proposals are published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin (IAB) and are available at legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/bulletinSupplementListings. The documents are also posted on the DNR’s Administrative Rules website at iowadnr.gov/about-dnr/about-dnr/administrative-rules.
Written comments on the proposed rule changes may be sent to Christine Paulson by email to Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov, or by mail to the Iowa DNR, Attn: Christine Paulson, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319. All public comments must be received no later than 4:30 pm on September 28.
Additionally, a virtual public hearing on the draft changes will be held on Thursday, September 28, from 9:00 – 11:00 am. To participate in the hearing, please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88684560978?pwd=bW9CT0FsWGI0MFFKc1p6c3NYd3FPdz09.
Previous Draft Rule Changes Available for Informal Public Input
EO10 Stakeholder Meetings and Materials
July 11, 2023: The Air Quality Bureau held its fourth stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00. This meeting will be an opportunity for discussion and to provide the DNR with informal input on draft rule changes to the remaining air quality chapters.
June 15, 2023: The Air Quality Bureau held its third stakeholder meeting on Thursday, June 15, at 10:00 am to discuss and receive informal input on draft rule changes to administrative code chapters associated with EO10.
May 18, 2023: The Air Quality Bureau held its second stakeholder meeting to discuss and receive feedback on proposed rule changes to several administrative code chapters associated with the implementation of EO10.
March 14, 2023: The Air Quality Bureau held its first stakeholder meeting to share its preliminary plans and schedule, and to receive stakeholder input associated with implementing EO10.
Please be sure to subscribe to Air Quality News through GovDelivery at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IACIO/subscriber/new?topic_id=IACIO_421. If you have difficulty, please contact DNR's Wendy Walker at 515-725-9570.
The Environmental Protection Commission has approved a proposed air quality rulemaking for formal public comment.
The proposed amendments adopt updated federal new source performance standards (NSPS) and air toxics standards, also known as National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). Adopting EPA's amendments allows state rules to be consistent with federal regulations and provides certainty to affected businesses and other interested stakeholders. The proposed amendments also adopt minor corrections to federal test methods, a new hazardous air pollutant promulgated by EPA, and the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone.
An informal public input on the draft rulemaking took place from August 16-31, 2022.
The DNR will accept written public comments until 4:30 p.m. on December 5, 2022. Please direct written comments to Jessica Reese McIntyre by email to Jessica.ReeseMcIntyre@dnr.iowa.gov or by mail to Department of Natural Resources, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 pm. Shortly before the 1:00 start time, participants may access the hearing as follows:
To make comments at the public hearing, please email a request to Jessica Reese McIntyre prior to the hearing. Those who wish to make comments at the public hearing will be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the proposed rulemaking.
Individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency are encouraged to participate in all DNR activities, including submitting public comments. If a reasonable accommodation or language services are needed to participate, contact the Air Quality Bureau staff member listed or Relay Iowa TTY Service at 800-735-7942 in advance to advise them of your specific needs. DNR's language access and disability nondiscrimination plans are available at https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Environmental-Justice.
The Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on November 2, 2022, as ARC 6631C.
For more information, please contact Jessica Reese McIntyre by email at Jessica.ReeseMcIntyre@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at 515-725-9547.
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 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.