News Release 622

Missouri Air Conservation Commission to discuss pollution reducing actions

Volume 38-622 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 27, 2010 -- An annual summary of Missouri’s air quality will be presented to the Missouri Air Conservation Commission at its Oct. 28 meeting in Springfield.  

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources maintains a network of more than 100 air monitors throughout the state. These monitors regularly check levels of different air pollutants, like ozone, nitrogen oxides, lead and particulate matter.

The air quality presentation will go over current and past monitoring information the department has collected on air pollutants across the state.

The commission will also vote on adopting five amendments to already existing rules. A public hearing for these rules was held at the September commission meeting.

Three of the rule amendments are routine, annual updates to make state regulations consistent with changes the Environmental Protection Agency has made to corresponding federal regulations.

Program staff will also provide routine updates on the functions of the Air Pollution Control Program.

The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Kansas rooms A and B at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway in Springfield.

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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