Missouri Air Conservation Commission to discuss pollution reducing measures, citizens encouraged to attend

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-109 For Immediate Release: April 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on April 30 in the Bennett Springs Conference Room, located at 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City.

At this meeting, the commission will hear routine reports from Department staff regarding permits, operations and enforcement actions. Citizens will have an opportunity to address the commission during open session.  Department staff will present rule, 10 CSR 10-5.570, Control of Sulfur Emissions From Stationary Boilers and rule amendment 10 CSR 10-6.260, Restriction of Emission of Sulfur Compounds for adoption. These rules will limit sulfur dioxide or SO2 emissions from industrial boilers and a lead smelter in the St. Louis fine particle nonattainment area. Reducing SO2 emissions directly reduces the emissions of fine particles into the air and will help to bring the St. Louis area into compliance with the federal Clean Air Fine Particle Implementation Rule.

Rule amendment 10 CSR 10-6.120, Restriction of Emissions of Lead From Specific Lead Smelter-Refinery Installations will also be presented for adoption. This amendment will reflect emission limitations contained in the November 2007 revised Doe Run Buick Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit for Doe Run's Buick facility. It also addresses modifications to the facility's processes. Reducing lead emissions is another important step toward protecting Missouri's air quality.

Rule recission, 10 CSR 10-6.320, Sales Tax Exemption, will be presented to rescind a regulation that is no longer required and eliminate confusion. This rule was written to establish the criteria used by the Missouri Air Conservation Commission to determine sales tax exemption eligibility for items purchased or leased for the purpose of preventing, abating, or monitoring air pollution in accordance with section 144.030.2(14), RSMo.

Finally, rule amendment 10 CSR 10-6.045, Open Burning Requirements, will be presented for adoption at the meeting. This amendment will permit the open burning of certain trade wastes for situations where open burning is in the best interest of the general public or when it can be shown that open burning is the safest and most feasible method of disposal.  One such example would be commercial explosive manufacturing facilities. During periodic cleaning and maintenance operations residual explosive materials are removed from areas of these plants.  These residual explosives are unstable, can decompose, and transportation of these materials is prohibited by the Department of Transportation.  For these companies on-site burning of these residual explosive materials is the only disposal option because hauling it for disposal would pose a greater risk than burning it on-site.  The rule amendment will also reserve the right for Jim Kavanaugh, the Department's staff director, to deny, revoke or suspend an open burning permit in nonattainment areas when conditions exist where burning would be considered detrimental to air quality standards.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4817. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

The proposed documents are available for review at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Air Pollution Control Program, 1659A E. Elm St., Jefferson City and on the Public Notice section of the website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/index.html.

Public hearing items may be adopted by the Missouri Air Conservation Commission as provided for under authority of 643.050, RSMo.  For more information or a complete meeting agenda, contact the Department's Air Pollution Control Program at 573-751-4817.