Quarterly Air Quality Client Contact Call Highlights - February 23, 2017



  • IDNR provided an update on the expected $1.6 million Title V budget shortfall.  IDNR is proposing to increase the Title V actual emission fees from $67.50/ton to $70/ton and additional budget cuts, primarily monitoring network reductions, not filling staff vacancies, and reducing other services.  Additional fee work groups will be held in July and August 2017.
  • The Ambient Monitoring Network will have proposed revisions due to budget cuts.  IDNR is proposing eliminating several sites, monitors, and changing monitor data collection frequency.  The draft monitoring plan will be available for public comment soon.
  • IDNR obtained bids for the e-Application system design and has issued an intent to award the contract.  IDNR is working to secure funding for the contract.
  • The dispersion modeling group has reviewed the Appendix W revisions.  Once Appendix W is effective, IDNR will release new modeling guidance and new meteorological data (version "d").  The new meteorological data sensitivity analysis shows little change from the current meteorological data set.
  • IDNR recommended the entire state as attainment with the 2015 ozone NAAQS.  EPA is expected to finalize the designations after the 2014-2016 design data are finalized.  Preliminary EPA data indicate Iowa does not cause or contribute to downwind air quality problems in neighboring states.
  • Tentative schedule for remaining 2017 Air Quality Client Contact Meetings:  May 25, August 17, and November 30.