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

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-351 For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, San Francisco A and B Conference Rooms, 2345 McGee St. in Kansas City.

At this meeting, the commission will hear routine reports from Department staff regarding air permits, operations and enforcement actions. A public hearing will also be held on three rule amendments.

The first rule amendment is 10 CSR 10-6.362, Clean Air Interstate Rule Annual NOX Trading Program. This proposed rulemaking will update the incorporation by reference date in the definitions section to match recent revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations that excludes stationary, fossil-fuel fired combustion turbines from the cogenerator exemption in the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule. This rulemaking adopts changes to the federal rule into the state rule. In addition, facility identification numbers in the tables will be updated to correspond with current identification codes.

The second rule amendment for public hearing is 10 CSR 10-6.364, Clean Air Interstate Rule Seasonal NOX Trading Program. The proposed rulemaking will update the incorporation by reference date in the definitions section to match recent revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations that excludes stationary, fossil-fuel fired combustion turbines from the cogenerator exemption in the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule. This rulemaking adopts changes to the federal rule into the state rule. In addition, facility identification numbers in the tables will be updated to correspond with current identification codes.

The third rule amendment for public hearing is 10 CSR 10-6.366, Clean Air Interstate Rule SOX Trading Program. The proposed rulemaking will update the incorporation by reference date in the definitions section to match recent revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations that excludes stationary, fossil-fuel fired combustion turbines from the cogenerator exemption in the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule. This rulemaking adopts changes to the federal rule into the state rule.

In addition, the State of Missouri Plan for Implementation, PM2.5 and Attainment Demonstration for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area will be presented for adoption. 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 to reduce fine particulates and other precursor pollutant emissions to bring the St. Louis area into attainment.

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 also will accept written comments for the record until 5 p.m. on Oct. 1. 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 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.

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