Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Preliminary Draft Omnibus Air Rules and Stakeholder Meeting

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Stakeholder Meeting on Preliminary Draft Omnibus Air Rules: September 10, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 — MPCA St. Paul office Boardroom and via WebEx

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Stakeholder meeting on preliminary draft rules:  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is holding a stakeholder meeting on the preliminary draft Omnibus Air Rules. The meeting will be held at the MPCA St. Paul office on September 10, 2014. MPCA is releasing preliminary draft rule language to provide interested and affected parties time to familiarize themselves with the rules before the stakeholder meeting. MPCA is seeking informal comments on the preliminary draft rule language, which is not yet on formal public notice. Your comments will be used to determine rule language changes before formal public noticing of the rules.

The meeting will also be available via WebEx for those who cannot attend in person. The preliminary draft rule language and details about how to access the meeting via WebEx can be found on the MPCA's Omnibus Air Rulemaking webpage.

What the rules are about:  This is preliminary draft rule language for the Omnibus Air Rules, which are not yet on formal public notice. The changes affect chapters 7002, 7005, 7007, 7008, 7009, 7011, 7017, 7019, and 7030. The changes are to keep the air quality rules current, remove redundant rule language and clarify ambiguous language, correct gaps or errors, and to ensure consistency with applicable federal and state rules. However, the following changes may be of interest:

  • Changes to the sulfur dioxide (SO2) standards to ensure compliance with new federal ambient standards for SO2. Changes are intended  to simplify regulated parties’ demonstration of compliance with the new federal standards and to allow for enforceable emission limitations to be easily applied to multiple sources, rather than on a permit-by-permit basis.
  • Changes related to: the 2009 federal Flexible Air Permitting Rule and the state Permitting Efficiency Laws of 2011 and 2012; condensables and the types of particulate matter in various rule parts; ambient air standards to match current federal standards; performance standards during periods of startup, shutdown, malfunction; and emission inventory.

Submit informal comments/questions to: mary.lynn@state.mn.us no later than October 1, 2014.

View more information on the Omnibus Air Rulemaking webpage.

To find more information about any particular rulemaking, visit the Public Rulemaking Docket.