Provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
The Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau (DNR) invites the public to provide informal comments on a draft rulemaking proposal. The draft air quality rule changes will formalize permitting process improvements identified during LEAN* events conducted in late 2015, involving stakeholders, the DNR, and the Office of Lean Enterprise in the Department of Management.
The draft rulemaking proposal can be viewed on the Stakeholder Involvement webpage, at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Air-Quality/Stakeholder-Involvement under Public Input.
The draft proposal would amend requirements for submitting construction and Title V operating permit applications to clarify the types of mailing services that may be used to submit applications and that applications are not required to be submitted by certified mail. The draft proposal also describes what constitutes a valid electronic signature for permit applications submitted electronically and would establish electronic media submission requirements necessary for compliance with the federal Cross Media Electronic Reporting Rule adopted in Chapter 15 of Iowa Administrative Code 567.
The draft proposal includes reduced regulatory burden for construction permit applicants for projects that will not emit Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by eliminating the requirement to submit the current three-page GHG form. Applicants would instead be able to indicate that the application includes no GHG emissions in the project description.
Written comments and suggestions on the draft proposal should be provided to Christine Paulson, Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, by Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov , or by mail or hand-delivery to: DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, Iowa, 50324.
This informal comment period is an opportunity for stakeholders to assist the DNR in developing the rule proposal. After considering public input, the DNR will determine whether to proceed with the rule making and present a proposal to the Environmental Protection Commission (Commission). The public may also provide comments on the proposal at the Commission meeting. If the Commission approves the proposal for public comment, the Notice of Intended Action will be published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. The Notice’s publication will initiate a formal public comment period of at least 30 days. The DNR will hold a public hearing during the public comment period.
For more information, please contact Christine Paulson at the e-mail address noted above or by phone at (515) 725-9510.
* LEAN is a collection of principles, methods, and tools that improve the speed and efficiency of any process by eliminating waste.