Linn County Public Health, Air Quality Division is proposing updates to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance (Chapter 10 - Environment, Article III). The proposed Ordinance is available to the public for review at the Linn County Community Services or online. Some proposed modifications include:

  • Adding definitions of what constitutes an emergency for an emergency generator and what is an existing source for the purposes of authorization to install permit.
  • Outlines what is required to be submitted to obtain an authorization to install permit and an applicability determination.
  • Defines the Authorization to install permit complaint, procedures, and appeals process.
  • Permit to operate permit duration would be changed from annual to the life of the stationary source unless the equipment is modified.
  • Welding operation exemption and equation are corrected as the GMAW and SMAW/FCAW limits were switched.
  • Exemption for production painting that uses 1,000 gallons or less of solvent and coating was updated to exclude spray systems and associated cleaning operations.
  • Title V application and PSD application fees were updated to reference the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' adopted fees.
  • Numerous other changes that make the regulation more consistent with the Iowa Administrative Code.

Written comments can be submitted to the Air Quality Division prior to May 23 for consideration. A public hearing will be held on May 21 at 9 a.m. at the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Services Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.