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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 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
502 E 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide informal comments on a draft rulemaking proposal.
Affected businesses and the public benefit from up-to-date air quality requirements and increased effectiveness. The proposed changes to air quality rules:
The proposed rule changes continue previous efforts to improve rules for air quality programs. Affected businesses and the public benefit from up-to-date air quality requirements and increased effectiveness.
Facilitate Electronic Reporting for EASY Air
The draft proposal will help facilitate the Iowa DNR’s launch of the Iowa Environmental Application System - EASY Air. EASY Air is a new online electronic method for submitting air quality permit applications, registrations, notifications, and template applications and is expected to make application preparation easier, improve customer service and speed the Iowa DNR’s ability to issue permits while increasing data accuracy and cutting costs.
Clarify Requirements for Industrial Anaerobic Lagoons
The draft proposal updates the definition of “anaerobic lagoon” to clarify that this definition is applicable to only air quality requirements. Other Iowa DNR regulations, such as those for wastewater, may have different meanings for the term “anaerobic lagoon” that are specific to that particular program area. The draft proposal also includes removing two operating limits for industrial anaerobic lagoons and adding the siting requirement that is in Iowa Code section 455.134.
Ensure Consistency with Federal Regulations
Additionally, the proposed rules adopt changes to the most current EPA methods for measuring air pollutant emissions (stack testing and continuous monitoring), the revised definition of “volatile organic compounds” (also known as “VOC”), and updated federal modeling guidelines used for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. The draft proposal also includes adoption of revisions to federal new source performance standards (NSPS) and air toxics standards (also known as National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants or NESHAP). Adopting EPA’s amendments allows state rules to be consistent with federal regulations and provides certainty to affected businesses and other interested stakeholders.
Written comments and suggestions on the draft proposal may be provided to Christine Paulson, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or by mail or hand-delivery to: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
This informal comment period is an opportunity for stakeholders to assist the Iowa DNR in developing the rule proposal. After considering public input, the Iowa DNR will determine whether to proceed with the rule making and present a proposal to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The public may also provide comments on the proposal at the Commission meeting. If the Commission approves the proposal for public comment, the Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. The Notice’s publication will initiate a formal public comment period of at least 30 days. The Iowa DNR will hold a public hearing during the public comment period.
For more information, please contact Christine Paulson by e-mail at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at 515-725-9510.
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
Iowa EASY Air is DNR's new electronic system to submit air quality permit applications. The new system will benefit both those applying for permits and DNR staff, replacing a 17-year-old system that is seldom used. Iowa EASY Air is currently in development and is scheduled to go live on December 1, 2019. User Group meetings will be held throughout the year to brief stakeholders on the status of the project. If you would like to volunteer to help test or promote/market the system, please contact Marnie Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, SPARS, and e-Application.
Please contact Jim McGraw at Jim.McGraw@dnr.iowa.gov or at 515-725-9543 if you have any questions.
Aug 2016 e-Application 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.
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)