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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, Area Source Boiler NESHAP, Utility MACT, Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators (CISWI) NSPS and Emission Guidelines, Sewage Sludge Incinerators (SSI) NSPS and Emission Guidelines, and amendments to the Portland Cement NESHAP and NSPS.
  • The agency plans to move forward later this year with adoption of amendments to the Chrome Electroplating NESHAP, Wood Furniture NESHAP, RICE NESHAP and NSPS, as well as NSPS Ga for new Nitric Acid Plants.
  • IDNR has estimated costs for implementing EPA’s proposed SO2 NAAQS data requirements rule. For Iowa, the modeling option will cost approximately $95,000, while the monitoring option will cost approximately $2.9 million. These costs only cover the attainment status determinations and do not include the additional work for any additional nonattainment areas identified. Industry generally favors the monitoring option, because under the proposed rule implementation of any necessary emissions reductions would be delayed three years.
  • The agency is working to establish SO2 limits in permits to address SO2 nonattainment in Muscatine. The IDNR is in the final stages of SIP development for the Council Bluffs lead nonattainment area.
  • IDNR has participated in several stakeholder meetings to discuss the 111(d) rule for power plants. Twenty-one Iowa facilities were included in the rule which was proposed on June 2nd. Two of the facilities have since shut down their affected units. EPA intends to finalize the rule in June 2015.
  • The Air Quality Bureau is facing a budget shortfall due to reduced TV fees. The Legislature made a one-time appropriation in 2014 to cover the shortfall, and directed IDNR to form a stakeholder group to make recommendations on how to address the budget issues in future years. The group has met twice and will meet three more times before the end of the year. The group will report its recommendations to the Legislature in late 2014.