News Release 497

Missouri Air Conservation Commission to discuss pollution reducing actions

Volume 38-497 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 25, 2010 -- The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting Aug. 26 in West Plains.

At the meeting, the commission will vote on adopting a proposed amendment to rule 10 CSR 10-6.020, also referred to as the Definitions and Common Reference Tables rule. This proposed amendment will, among other things, add two compounds, propylene carbonate and dimethyl carbonate, to the list of compounds which are excluded from the definition of volatile organic compounds for consistency with the federal definition of volatile organic compounds.

Also at the meeting, the commission will hear routine reports from department staff regarding air permitting, operations and enforcement actions. An update on new and upcoming National Ambient Air Quality Standards will also be presented. These standards, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, establish limits for specific air pollutants and are designed to protect public health and the environment.

The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and will be held at Café 37, 37 Court Square in West Plains.

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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