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

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-281 For Immediate Release: Aug. 26, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on August 27 at the Elm Street Conference Center, Lower Level, Bennett Springs Conference Room, 1730 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City.  The commission will hear routine reports from Department staff regarding air permits, operations and enforcement actions.

A public hearing will also be held regarding the Missouri State Implementation Plan for Fine Particulate Matter and Attainment Demonstration for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. On April 5, 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the multi-state area in and around St. Louis as a nonattainment area for fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5.  Fine particles are generally emitted from activities such as industrial and residential combustion and from vehicle exhaust.  Fine particulates are also formed in the atmosphere when gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds are chemically transformed in the atmosphere into particles.  This plan documents the actions the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has taken, in conjunction with others, to reduce fine particulates and other precursor pollutant emissions to help bring the St. Louis area into attainment.

In addition, the Missouri State Implementation Plan for Maintenance and Enforcement of National Ambient Air Quality Standards will be presented for adoption. This plan was developed to meet the requirements of Section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments, or CAAA, of 1990.  Section 110 of the CAAA requires each state to submit to the EPA Administrator a plan for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, or NAAQS, in every air quality region within the state.  The NAAQS plan is being revised as a result of EPA amending the PM10 and PM2.5 standards on Sept. 21, 2006.  This revised plan intends to demonstrate Missouri's ability to implement the primary and secondary 2006 particulate matter standards.

The Department of Natural Resources requests people intending to give verbal presentations about 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 accept written comments for the record until 5 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2009. 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.