Citizens encouraged to comment on proposed rule actions intended to reduce harmful air emissions

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-053 For Immediate Release: March 3, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- In its continuing effort to reduce harmful air emissions in the state, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is encouraging citizens to provide comments on several state rule actions.

The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing for these rule actions on Thursday, March 26.  The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at the Community First Bank, West Entrance, 915 West Fort Scott St. in Butler.

The department also will accept written comments until 5 p.m. on April 2. Written comments should be sent to Chief, Air Quality Planning Section, Department of Natural Resources, Air Pollution Control Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, by fax to 573-751-2706, or by email to apcprulespn@dnr.mo.gov. The department is required to respond to all comments in writing as part of the rulemaking process. Written comments and oral public hearing testimony are treated with equal consideration.

The commission will hear testimony related to the following items: 

New rule, 10 CSR 10-5.570, Control of Sulfur Emissions From Stationary Boilers and rule amendment 10 CSR 10-6.260, Restriction of Emission of Sulfur Compounds, will limit sulfur dioxide or SO2 emissions from industrial boilers and a lead smelter in the St. Louis fine particle nonattainment area. Reducing SO2 emissions released into the atmosphere will also help reduce the emissions of fine particles. This rule is intended to curb harmful emissions in the St. Louis nonattainment area and bring it into compliance with the federal Clean Air Fine Particle Implementation Rule.

Rule amendment 10 CSR 10-6.120, Restriction of Emissions of Lead From Specific Lead Smelter-Refinery Installations, will amend the existing rule to reflect emission limitations contained in the November 2007 revised Doe Run Buick Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit for Doe Run's Buick facility and address modifications to the facility's processes. The conditions prescribed in the proposed rule amendment are more stringent than the conditions found in the state's existing rule.

The department is proposing to rescind 10 CSR 10-6.320 Sales Tax Exemption regulation that is no longer required.  Rescinding the rule will eliminate confusion in the regulated community as it pertains to applicable sales tax exemption standards.

Rule amendment 10 CSR 10-6.045, Open Burning Requirements, will permit the open burning of certain trade wastes for situations where open burning is in the best interest of the general public or when it can be shown that open burning is the safest and most feasible method of disposal.  The rule amendment will also reserve the right for the staff director to deny, revoke or suspend an open burning permit in nonattainment areas when conditions exist where burning would be considered detrimental to air quality standards.

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. 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.

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