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There has been another change in the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule revisions and several other actions taken to delay, modify, or eliminate the RMP rule revisions. On March 13, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt »
The State of Illinois has received final authorization from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for certain changes to the state's hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Periodic »
Trinity Consultants, Inc.® (Trinity), an international environmental consulting firm that specializes in industrial air quality issues, announces that Mr. Brian Holland, Senior Scientific Software Specialist/Meteorologist has earned the »
The new ISO 14001:2015 standard incorporates several new themes as well as introduces a new organizational structure for environmental management system (EMS) design and implementation. Perhaps the most significant theme is the need to incorporate »
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A meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2017 at 10 am for input on both construction permit fees and actual emission fees. More information can be found here.
The Iowa Strategic Goal Program is holding a one day workshop on November 8, 2016 at 9 am. The workshop will go over the proposed rule updates to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) and recent updates to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act »
Christine Paulson is the new IDNR Small Business Liaison effective November 1. Small businesses considered minor stationary source that employs 100 or fewer personnel can contact Christine for technical referral assistance or to resolve IDNR »
On July 22nd the Polk County Air Quality Division updated their permit application forms. Changes include additional questions and formatting updates.
The IDNR has a draft proposal to formalize permitting process improvements and has requested public comments. The proposal addresses mailing services needed for construction and Title V permit applications, electronic signatures, and reducing the »
Please make plans to join the AWMA Iowa Chapter and IDNR at the Second Annual Environmental Conference. The conference will be held Tuesday, October 18 in Johnston, Iowa. The agenda and how to register are included on the Iowa Chapter AWMA website »
IDNR provided an update on the permit application fees system that was implemented in January 2016 (refer to summary). IDNR believes the new system has helped in the reduction in processing time for standard permit applications. They have received »
IDNR has developed twelve (12) online training videos for using the State & Local Emission Inventory System (SLEIS). The videos discuss entering and validating information, and are available on the IDNR eAirServices webpage under Online »
IDNR is holding two training sessions for the Title V permitting process on April 20 and 21. Training will cover reporting responsibilities, important milestones, overview of new Title V forms (EZ Mod Form and Completeness Review Checklist), form »
The new air construction permit option CAP is now available. Facilities can request the CAP option be used via Form CP. Additional information can be found on the General Guidance section of the IDNR's Construction Permitting Materials webpage.
IDNR is taking comments for the proposed One-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment State Implementation Plan (SIP). A public meeting is scheduled for March 30 at 3 p.m. at the Muscatine County Conservation Board's Environmental Center. The plan »
The AWMA Iowa Chapter will hold a meeting on April 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bioventures Center in Coralville. The meeting will feature a panel discussion on the Nutrient Strategy. For more information or to RSVP, contact AWMA Secretary Lori Price.
The IDNR comment period is ending for the revised draft of Collection of Air Permits (CAP) template. The new proposed construction permit would assign a permit number to each emission point but consolidate requirements into one document. Based on »
Air quality construction permits will now be issued using the new permit format. This excludes any draft permits already reviewed by the facility or are in the process of being drafted in the old format. The final permit format and response to »
Highlights from the call include:IDNR has begun processing applications with fees submitted or with hourly fees assessed. They feel the process is proceeding smoothly and do not plan to recommend any fee increases at this time. Current fee »
EPA approved revisions to the Iowa SIP to incorporate the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations, Chapter V, Air Pollution changes adopted on October 6, 2015. The updates include adding/revising definitions, revising several existing »
Tier II Hazardous Chemical Storage Reporting is due March 1 for facilities that store over threshold planning quantities. Reporting instructions can be found on IDNR's Chemical Inventory Reporting webpage.Biennial Hazardous Waste Report is March 1 »
IDNR added a new Form AF, Construction Permit Application Fee, for all construction permit applications, plant-wide applicability limit (PAL) requests, regulatory applicability determinations, and pre-application work submitted on or after January »
The IDNR has developed a fact sheet to provide guidance on whether a construction permit modification is needed for common modifications. The fact sheet "Is Modification to My Air Construction Permit Needed?" provides general guidance on common »
The IDNR has extended the Collection of Air Permits (CAP) option comment period and developed a sample document with anticipated formatting and language. The sample CAP permit can be found on the IDNR Construction Permitting Materials website under »
The IDNR has modified the Title V application Form 1.0, Part 3, and Form 5.0 to include information for the new Title V application fees effective January 15, 2016. Any facilities submitting applications through SPARS should attach the new forms. »
State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS), IDNR's new emission inventory reporting system, is now available for calendar year 2015 emissions inventory reporting along with the SPARS reporting option (final year it can be used) and paper »
The Environmental Protection Commissions adopted the proposed rules and fee schedule. Effective on January 15, 2016, asbestos notification fees and application fees for construction and operating permits will be required. The adopted fees rules »
The IDNR will be holding the Fee Advisory Group meetings to discuss the current and upcoming year budget and anticipated changes in fees. The Major Source Construction Permit and Title V Fees Advisory Group will be held at 10 a.m. on January 5, »
IDNR released the new online emissions inventory reporting system, State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS). SLEIS will replace SPARS although SPARS will still have the capability to submit construction permit and Title V operating »
Facilities subject to Title V of the Clean Air Act must submit their emissions inventories for calendar year 2015 by March 31, 2016. Facilities may submit using the new online emissions reporting tool (SLEIS), SPARS, or by the Title V forms »
IDNR has updated the pre-processed meteorological (Met) data for AERMOD, default modeling background concentrations, and guidance documents as well a new air resource availability summary. The new Met data covers 2010 through 2014 and modifies data »
IDNR released an optional air quality operating (Title V) permit application form – Completeness Review Checklist. The new form helps facilities and consultants ensure all parts of the application are complete prior to submittal. The new »
IDNR is proposing changes to the construction permit template to shorten the permits and provide clarity. The proposed changed include moving the general conditions to the back of the permit, combining Emission Limit table with Compliance »
IDNR is proposing a new air construction permit option called a Collection of Air Permits (CAP) that will allow a facility to combine multiple emission points and permits into one document. The new proposed permit will assign a permit number to »
IDNR is accepting comments for the draft asbestos notification fee and application fees for construction and operating permits until November 30, 2015. The next Fee Advisory Group meetings will be held January 5-6, 2016. The current rulemaking »
IDNR is proposing updates to the pre-processed metrological (Met) data for AERMOD, default modeling background concentrations, and guidance documents as well proposing a new air resource availability summary. The new Met data will cover 2010 »
IDNR has finalized a new air quality operating (Title V) permit application form, EZ Mod Form. The form is an optional alternative to the standard Title V applications forms to request a minor Title V permit modification by incorporating in data »
IDNR is accepting comments for a new draft fact sheet titled "Is Modification to My Construction Permit Needed?" that is intended to provide additional clarification if a modification to an air construction permit is needed. The fact sheet »
IDNR will be hosting two LEAN events the week of November 30 through December 4, 2015 intended to explore efficiencies related to creation of an option for multi emission point construction permits and a reduction in the length of issued »
IDNR is in its final stages of testing the State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS). SLEIS is the new online air emissions inventory reporting system and will replace SPARS although SPARS will still have the capability to submit »
The Title V group is holding discussions with EPA regional offices and surrounding states on Title V processes to aid in further streamlining permit issuance. They will be releasing an application completeness checklist for applicants to use.IDNR »
IDNR recently updated their website page, www.iowadnr.gov. Please take note when visiting the webpage as page locations may have been modified.
Iowa Strategic Goals Program (ISGP) is holding a 1-day workshop where an EPA Region 7 enforcement officer will discuss common Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and how to avoid them. The workshop will also provide »
IDNR is proposing a new air quality operating (Title V) permit application form that will reduce the need to submit duplicate information. The new EZ Mod Form will be an optional alterative to the standard Title V forms when submitting a request for »
IDNR is requesting public comment on the State of Iowa's proposed infrastructure state implementation plan (SIP) for the 2012 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Comments are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. on November 16, 2015 and »
IDNR is accepting comments for the draft asbestos notification fee and application fees for construction and operating permits until 4:30 p.m. on November 30, 2015. Additionally, public hearings will be held in Council Bluffs, IA on November 18, »
The quarterly Air Quality Client Contact Meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The Air Quality Client Contact Meeting focuses on current and upcoming air program issues and changes and is an open forum that allows »
New construction permit forms are now available here, in the "Basic Application Forms and Guidance" section under the "Application Forms" tab. Applicants can continue to submit the old construction permit forms, but the new forms are expected to »
The IDNR will conduct training webinars on the new construction permit forms. The two sessions will cover the same material and will provide general guidance concerning the application forms and process. The training will be on Wednesday, September »
IDNR Air Bureau held their quarterly Air Quality Client Contact meeting on August 20. Topics discussed include:Agency is still working to finalize the permit application fees for 2016. Jim McGraw is still accepting comments on the proposed rule and »
As of July 1, 2015 the IDNR's Environmental Emergency Response Reporting Hotline number changed to (515) 725-8694 for reporting hazardous conditions. Remember to update your emergency action plans, environmental plans (e.g., SPCC, SWPPP, etc.), »
The IDNR has revised the anemometer height from 10 meters to 7.9 meters at the Cedar Rapids meteorological data station (call sign KCID) to reflect the correct height for this station. The revised surface and upper air KCID meteorological data »
As of July 1, 2015 the IDNR's Environmental Emergency Response Reporting Hotline number will change to (515) 725-8694 for reporting of hazardous conditions. Remember to update your facility plans to reflect the number change.
IDNR held the first meetings to discuss the construction permit application fees, Title V application fees, and asbestos notification fees. IDNR will be taking informal public comments for the draft rulemaking proposal and draft fee schedule until »
The IDNR is proposing to update the current air quality construction permit application forms to reduce the need for the department to request additional information, make it easier to complete the forms, and to align the forms with current rules »
A meeting is scheduled on June 25 to discuss the results of an IDNR study to improve water quality in Lake Pahojo in Lyon County. Lake Pahoja is on the state’s list of impaired waters for high levels of algae and pH caused by too much phosphorus in »
The 5-year Air Monitoring Network Assessment required by EPA's national ambient air monitoring regulations is posted on the Bureau's Stakeholder Involvement website for public comment. The assessment will assist IDNR with its efforts to monitor the »
The Title V air emissions fee for calendar year 2014 has been set at $56.00 per ton by the Environmental Protection Commission. Title V facilities must submit two copies of Forms 1.0, 5.0, and a signed part 3 and the appropriate fee payment no later »
IDNR is forming advisory groups for interested stakeholders to discuss and share their point of view on fees for Title V emissions and applications, major source construction permit and PSD permit application fees, minor source construction permit »
IDNR is in the final stages of updating the construction permitting forms. IDNR is receiving initial feedback from an ABI workgroup, and intends on issuing the draft construction forms for public comment by the end of May. The forms are being »
The IDNR is accepting public comments until May 27 concerning proposed rule changes to rescind outdated and obsolete rules. The proposed changes affect several air quality regulations including construction permits, Title V permits, PSD, and »
A fact sheet in now available to assist companies with selecting diesel engines. The fact sheet outlines the potential emissions for PM2.5 and NO2 compared to the NAAQS to allow companies to assess the potential impact on air quality. This fact »
The IDNR is accepting topic recommendations for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting taking place on May 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the IDNR's Air Quality Bureau Office (call-in option also available). Recommendations should be submitted to »
The IDNR is accepting public comments until May 8 concerning proposed rule changes to rescind outdated and obsolete rules, and to adopt federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and New Source Performance Standards. The »
The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's 62nd Professional Development Conference & Expo takes place on April 22-24 at the Grand River Center & Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark in Dubuque, Iowa. Trinity's Iowa Office Manager, Gene Taylor will »
IDNR held their quarterly Air Quality Client Contact meeting on February 19. Highlights from the meeting include:Sarah Piziali noted the agency is still in the process of revising the construction permit application forms but expects to have them »
In January 2015, Adam Schnieders, previously the NPDES section supervisor, was named the IDNR’s new water quality coordinator. Mr. Schnieders has been extensively involved with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and will continue to develop the »
Annual Compliance Certifications (ACCs), Semiannual Monitoring Reports (SMRs), and Emission Inventory Questionnaires (EIQs) are due March 31 for Title V facilities. Forms and instructions for the ACC and SMR are available here. EIQ forms and »
The IDNR posted the 2013 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report on their website, the eight greenhouse gas inventory conducted for Iowa. Overall greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 0.51% compared to 2012, and decreased by 6.78% compared to the peak »
The IDNR is accepting topic recommendations for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting taking place on February 19th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the IDNR’s Air Quality Bureau Office (call-in option also available). Recommendations should be »
The IDNR is proposing revisions to the existing construction permit application forms and adding a new form, Form CP-Cover Page. Draft versions of the forms can be found here. The IDNR accepted comments through December 17th, and will likely »
The IDNR requests public comments concerning the draft plan to meet the lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards in Council Bluff. The IDNR is working with Griffin Pipe Productions Co. LLC and Alter Metal Recycling to reduce each facility’s lead »
The IDNR requests suggestions for improving the accuracy of the 2013 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, available here. This mandated report includes 2013 greenhouse gas emissions from various business sectors in Iowa (e.g., agriculture, fossil »
The IDNR is accepting comments concerning proposed revisions to the modeling protocol template until December 30th. This optional template can be used to draft modeling protocols for PSD projects. Questions or comments should be directed to Brad »
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is accepting topic recommendations for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting taking place on November 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the IDNR’s Air Quality Bureau Office (call-in option also available). »
IDNR held an Air Quality Client Contact Meeting on August 28. Highlights include:IDNR will not be adopting NESHAP or NSPS regulations currently under litigation or reconsideration. This postpones Iowa’s adoption of the Major Source Boiler MACT, »
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is encouraging Iowans to participate in any of the six public water quality meetings being held across the state. Information regarding the date, time, and location of each public meeting can be found here. »
The IDNR is proposing to provide default background ozone concentration data to assist industry in modeling NO2 using the Ozone Limiting Method (OLM) or Plume Volume Molar Ratio Method (PVMRM). Additionally, the IDNR is revising their restricted »
The USEPA intends to designate the entire state of Iowa as "unclassifiable/attainment" for the proposed annual PM2.5 NAAQS standard of 12 ug/m3 (previously 15 ug/m3). The USEPA made this determination based on 2011-2013 air quality data and »
The next AWMA meeting is scheduled for September 9th, beginning with lunch at the Marion Pizza Ranch at 12:30 p.m., followed by a tour of the Linn County Solid Waste Agency's Resource Recovery Center at 2:30 p.m. The address for the Pizza Ranch and »
The new Title V Part 2 forms must be used after August 15 for all Title V related submittals. Additionally, the new Form 1.3 (Part 1) and Part 3 forms, which were updated to reflect the new Part 2 forms, must also be used after August 15. All of »
The triennial water quality review is underway with water quality stakeholder technical advisors set to meet on August 20 to discuss Iowa water quality goals and review current issues. Six public meetings will be held in September to receive input »
The IDNR is meeting with technical experts for a second time on August 21 to discuss potential changes to Iowa's water quality standards for copper. The new standards would be developed using a new Biotic Ligand Model (BLM), consistent with EPA's »
New versions of AERMOD and AERMET (14134) were released on May 16, 2014. EPA posted a summary of the changes on EPA's Support Center for Regulatory Air Quality Models (SCRAM) website. IDNR reprocessed the 2005-2009 meteorological data sets using »
The IDNR is accepting comments regarding the proposed air monitoring network plan until June 30. The air monitoring network plan is meant to guide the state in its attempt to monitor Iowa's air quality and alert the public of any air quality »
IDNR held an Air Quality Client Contact Meeting on May 22. Highlights include:IDNR submitted a revised PM2.5 2012 NAAQS proposed designation to USEPA in April. Based on the 2013 data, IDNR is proposing attainment or unclassifiable for the entire »
The IDNR is proposing to rescind the voluntary operating permit (VOP) program that is used by facilities to enforce voluntary limits to avoid the requirement to obtain a federal Title V operating permit (limits are more commonly established through »
The IDNR is hosting two Title V permitting training sessions on April 22nd and 23rd at the Air Quality Bureau's office at 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1 in Windsor Heights, IA. Training topics include the new Part 2 forms, emission calculations, »
Additional references and clarifications have been added to several modeling guidance documents to better outline distinctions between modeling recommendations and modeling requirements. These revisions do not include changes to the modeling »
New Title V operating permit application Part 2 forms are available here. The forms are designed to be adaptable to each facility's needs and provide a simpler review process for the IDNR. Additional Title V forms (Part 1, Form 1.3 and Part 3) »
IDNR has determined that emergency engines subject to maintenance requirements and non-emergency engines subject to emission limits under the RICE NESHAP are not eligible to use the small unit exemption (SUE). If the SUE is being used for an engine »
Due to weather conditions, the IDNR rescheduled the Air Quality Client Contact meeting to March 6 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will still be held at 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1 in Windsor Heights, Iowa. IDNR will post a revised agenda prior to the »
The IDNR created a new construction permit template for Hot Mix Asphalt Plants and Aggregate Processing Plants to assist the IDNR and facilities with issuing air quality construction permits for new plants. Existing plants already covered under an »
The IDNR published default rural NO2 background concentrations to assist modeling analyses. IDNR considers all areas to be rural except for portions of Clinton, Linn, Polk, Pottawattamie, Scott, and Woodbury counties which are considered urban »