News Release 408

Missouri Air Conservation Commission to discuss pollution reducing actions

Volume 38-408 (For immediate release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 20, 2010 -- The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on July 28 at the Monte Carlo Room of the County Club Hotel and Spa, 301 Carol Road at Lake Ozark.

At this meeting, the commission will hear routine reports from department staff regarding air permitting, operations and enforcement actions.

The commission will vote on adopting proposed rule 10 CSR 10-6.165, also referred to as the Restriction of Emission of Odors rule. This proposed rule would consolidate four existing area-specific odor rules into a single statewide rule. The Air Conservation Commission, using the work that was previously completed by a workgroup formed to review the state’s odor regulations, has spent many months crafting the rule language. The commission took comments from the regulated community, private citizens and environmental groups while the rule was being drafted. The goal was to create a consolidated, easy to understand rule that would be a positive step forward for Missouri’s odor regulations.

To complete the rulemaking, the commission will also consider the rescission of the four odor rules that are being consolidated into the single proposed rule.

Prior to voting on the consolidated rule and the rescission of the four existing rules, the commission will review comments received during the rules’ public comment period and during the public hearing held at the commission’s June meeting.

In other rulemaking action, a public hearing will be held for a proposed amendment to 10 CSR 10-6.02, also known as the Definitions and Common References Tables. This proposed amendment will, among other things, add the compounds propylene carbonate and dimethyl carbonate to the list of compounds which are excluded from the definition of volatile organic compound for consistency with the federal definition.

Public hearing documents are available for review at the Air Pollution Control Program, 1659 E. Elm St., Jefferson City and on the Public Notice section of the website at dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/index.html.

The Missouri Air Conservation Commission, made up of seven members appointed by the governor, was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1965. The commission’s primary duty is to carry out the Missouri Air Conservation Law.

Among the commission's duties are the adoption, amendment and rescission of rules; making decisions on appeals from enforcement orders and permit conditions; beginning legal actions to compel compliance with rules; listing regions as attainment or nonattainment areas based on the national standards; and approving overall plans for meeting the national standards in listed nonattainment areas.

For more information or a complete meeting agenda and supporting documents, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Air Pollution Control Program at 573-751-4817 or visit dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/macc.htm.

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