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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 Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) will request that the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission) approve final rules to provide regulatory certainty at the Commission meeting on February 20, 2018.
Summary of Rule Changes
The purpose of the air quality rule changes is two-fold:
*This rulemaking is referred to as “Part 2” because it follows the Regulatory Certainty rulemaking finalized in 2017.
If the Commission approves the final rules, the Adopted and Filed Rulemaking will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin and the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) on March 14, 2018. The Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) will review the published rules. If ARRC takes no action, the adopted rules will become effective in the IAC on April 18, 2018.
For more information, please contact Christine Paulson by e-mail at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at 515-725-9510.
The DNR is proposing to revise the “Is Modification to My Air Construction Permit Needed?” fact sheet and corresponding FAQ to incorporate updates made to 40 CFR Part 51 Appendix W. The fact sheet and FAQ have been revised to allow additional operational flexibility to change discharge styles without a permit modification for downward to horizontal, downward to vertical obstructed, and downward to vertical unobstructed discharge types. These additional scenarios are proposed to be added to the draft fact sheet and FAQ.
The DNR will accept comments related to the draft fact sheet and FAQ until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Please direct all questions or comments to:
Environmental Engineer Senior
Air Quality Bureau
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1
Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
Proposed Rules to Increase the Asbestos Notification Fee and Modify the Fee Setting Process
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide formal comments on a proposed rulemaking. On January 17, 2018, the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission) approved the proposed rulemaking (Notice of Intended Action) for formal public comment.
Summary of Proposed Rule Changes
The proposed rule will increase the fee and dollar cap on asbestos notifications. It will rescind an exemption to the asbestos notification fee to address confusion about whether a fee is required. Finally, the proposed rule will provide a process for the Department to request that the Commission adjust fees at any time during a fiscal year if the Department determines that established fees are projected to be insufficient to maintain all or part of any air quality program that is subject to fees specified in Chapter 30.
The Commission intends on filing these rules as Adopted and Filed Emergency after Notice, to be effective on March 20, 2018, pursuant to Iowa Code 17A.5(2)“b”(1)(b), following public comment and a public hearing. The normal effective date should be waived and the amendments should be made effective upon filing, as the amendments confer a benefit on economic development for regulated entities by providing the Department the financial means to provide quality environmental services to Iowa business while protecting the citizens of Iowa.
The Department will present a revised Fee Schedule to the Commission for approval when the Department requests final adoption of the rules following the public comment period. If approved by the Commission, the fee change is anticipated to become effective on April 23, 2018.
How to Provide Comments
The DNR will hold a public hearing Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the DNR offices in the Wallace State Office Building, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The Department will also accept written public comments until 4:30 p.m. on March 6, 2018. Written comments and suggestions on the proposed rules may be provided to Wendy Walker or by email to email@example.com, by mail or hand-delivery to: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa, 50319, or by fax to 515-725-9501.
For more information, please contact Wendy Walker by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 515-725-9570.
Opportunity for Comment on Proposed Modeling Determination
The DNR is proposing an update to the method used to determine when a dispersion modeling analysis will be needed for construction permitting projects at portable plants. The proposed change has been incorporated into a draft version of Form MD. A 2-week informal comment period will extend from February 7 through February 21. At the end of the comment period the DNR will address any comments that are received and finalize the document.
The current modeling determination procedure may result in unnecessary dispersion modeling analyses for portable plants. Specifically, Section 2 (Availability of Air Resources) of Form MD indicates that previous modeling for the facility should be used to determine if pollutant concentrations are approaching the level of the NAAQS in the vicinity of the facility. These instructions were developed with stationary sources in mind. New equipment being permitted for a portable plant may or may not operate in the same area as equipment included in previous modeling analyses. This makes it difficult to pre-determine the availability of air resources in the vicinity of portable plants. For these reasons the DNR is proposing that Section 2 of Form MD should be left blank when this form is being used for a portable plant, and that the availability of air resources will instead be determined by the DNR on a case-by-case basis when the application is processed. This is the same procedure currently being used for new facilities.
Please send any comments or questions to Brad Ashton at Brad.Ashton@dnr.iowa.gov, or by phone at (515) 725-9527, by 4:30 pm on February 21.
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
Please join us on February 2, 2018, to review and provide comment on the draft Air Quality Bureau budget for the next state fiscal year. The advisory group meetings are scheduled as follows:
The meetings will be held in the Wallace State Office Building, 2nd Floor North Conference room, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, 50319. The agenda and meeting materials will be posted on the website one week prior to the meetings. Please RSVP with Wendy Walker at Wendy.Walker@dnr.iowa.gov or at (515) 725-9570 by January 19, 2018, to ensure adequate seating.
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 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 Jim.Mcgraw@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9543 or Wendy Walker at Wendy.Walker@dnr.iowa.gov 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. If you are interested in participating in either one or both workgroups, or for additional information, contact Lori Hanson. The workgroups will consist of a diverse group of twelve to fifteen industry representatives.
If you have comments or questions about the VSM event or wish to participate in the upcoming workgroups, please contact Lori Hanson, Title V Permit Supervisor, at 515-725-9525 or Lori.Hanson@dnr.iowa.gov.
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 purpose of the eAirServices Advisory Workgroup is to provide recommendations to the DNR related to the current and future operations of SLEIS and SPARS.
Please contact Jason Marcel at Jason.Marcel@dnr.iowa.gov or at 515-725-9529 if you have any questions.
eAirPermit Project Update
Past Meeting Information:
May 19, 2016 eAirPermitting Customer Workshop Webinar
The eAirPermitting Webinar reached 28 representatives from minor source, major source, 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 eAirPermitting Customer Workshops
The eAirPermitting Customer Workshops reached 35 representatives from minor source, major source, 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
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 Jim.Mcgraw@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9543.
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
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. EPA is currently proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan after completing a thorough review as directed by the Energy Independence Executive Order. EPA will accept comment on the proposal until April 26, 2018.
On December 18, 2017 the EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit information from the public about a potential future rulemaking to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric utility generating units.EPA will accept comment on the proposal until February 26, 2018.
Please contact Marnie.Stein@dnr.iowa.gov if you would like more information.
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
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 Sarah.Piziali@dnr.iowa.gov.
Event 1: Multi-Permit (November 30th - December 2nd)
Event 2: Reduced Permit Framework (December 3rd & December 4th)