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

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-197 For Immediate Release: July 23, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on July 29 at The Resort and Yacht Club, Grand Ballroom-Gravois Room, 2325 Bittersweet Rd. in Lake Ozark.

At this meeting, the commission will hear routine reports from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' staff regarding air permits, operations and enforcement actions.

The commission will also conduct a public hearing on the State of Missouri Plan for Implementation, Maintenance and Enforcement of National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Federal Clean Air Act Amendments require each state to submit a plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the standards in every air quality region within the state.  The plan is being revised as a result of EPA's amendment to the fine particulate standards on Sept. 21, 2006.  This revised plan demonstrates Missouri's ability to implement the primary and secondary 2006 particulate matter standards.

In addition, the Department will present the Missouri State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze for adoption. The Department developed the Missouri Regional Haze Plan to meet the requirements of the federal Regional Haze Rule. The Department recently revised Missouri's plan to address air quality issues related to visibility at nearby scenic areas. 

The Department will also present the Missouri State Implementation Plan for the Doe Run Herculaneum Lead Nonattainment Area for adoption. The commission will hear comments and responses from staff regarding this proposed amendment.  For more information on this plan, visit the Department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/stateplanrevisions.htm.

The Department of Natural Resources requests people intending to give verbal presentations on the proposed public hearing items also provide a written copy of their testimony to the commission secretary at the time of the public hearing. The Department will also accept written comments for the record until 5 p.m. on Aug. 5. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing 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 public hearing documents are available for review at the Air Pollution Control Program, 1659A E. Elm St., Jefferson City and on the Public Notice section of the Department's 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 Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Air Pollution Control Program at 573-751-4817 or visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/macc.htm.