Small Business Assistance Program

The Small Business Assistance Program is mandated in Section 507 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Under Section 507, small business stationary sources can receive free technical and environmental compliance assistance. Small businesses are defined as stationary sources that

  1. are owned or operated by a person that employs 100 or fewer individuals;
  2. are a small business concern as defined in the Small Business Act;
  3. are not a major stationary source;
  4. do not emit 50 tons or more per year of any regulated pollutant, and;
  5. emit less than 75 tons per year of all regulated pollutants.

Appointment Opportunity: Small Business Clean Air Act Compliance Advisory Panel
Are you an Iowa small business owner, or otherwise interested in advising the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on air quality requirements affecting small businesses? The State of Iowa is looking for interested individuals to appoint as members to the Clean Air Act Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP), as established in Iowa Code sections 455B.150 and 455B.151.

The CAP is one of three components that make up the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) established by the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990. The CAP provides advisory opinions on the effectiveness of the small business stationary source technical and environmental assistance program (currently administered by the University of Northern Iowa and DNR, respectively). The CAP also reviews information developed for small businesses. More information about CAP and SBEAP is available at the links below.

The CAP is comprised of seven (7) individuals meeting the following requirements:

  • Two Governor appointees with an interest in air quality that are not small business owners (to represent the general public)
  • Four legislative appointees with an interest in air quality to represent owners of small businesses (one member each by majority and minority leadership in the House of Representatives and one member each by the majority and minority leadership in the Senate). Each legislative appointee must be a small business owner or representative, and may not be a current member of the Iowa General Assembly.
  • The Director of the DNR or the Director's designee.
If you would like to be considered for appointment to the CAP, please refer to the following resources:
  • Governor Appointed (must not be a small business owner or representative) 
  • Legislative appointee (must be a small business owner or represent a small business) - Please contact your local legislator to be considered for appointment.
Additional Information:

For more information about the CAP, please contact Christine Paulson by email at or by phone at 515-725-9510.

Small Business Liaison – Air Quality
The Small Business Liaison – Air Quality is housed within the Air Quality Bureau of the Iowa DNR. The Liaison provides technical referral assistance to small businesses, facilitates resolution of complaints from small businesses regarding DNR's implementation of the Clean Air Act, and provides assistance to the Air Quality Bureau in developing and coordinating outreach assistance to small businesses for implementation of air quality regulatory requirements and programs.

Christine Paulson currently serves as the Small Business Liaison for Air Quality and may be reached at 515-725-9510 or

Small Business Technical Assistance - IAEAP
The Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program (IAEAP) is a program through the University of Northern Iowa's Iowa Waste Reduction Center. IAEAP provides non-regulatory technical assistance to small businesses dealing with State and Federal air emission regulations. The IAEAP assists small businesses in complying with new regulatory programs through education and outreach, provides training on how to complete and submit emission inventories and provides on-site assessments for small business.

National Small Business Environmental Assistance
The National Small Business Environmental Assistance Program website provides a “one-stop shop” for small businesses and assistance providers seeking information on a wide range of environmental topics.