News Release 671

Missouri Air Conservation Commission to discuss pollution reducing actions

Volume 38-671 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 1, 2010 – The Missouri Air Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting as well as a hearing concerning the updating of open burning requirements in St. Louis at its meeting  Dec. 2 in Jefferson City.  

The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Bennett Spring Conference Room at the Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City.  

The hearing is for a proposed change to the Missouri State Implementation Plan that replaces a St. Louis City ordinance open burning requirements reference with the more recently updated ordinance. On June 2, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved St. Louis City Ordinance 68657, repealing the St. Louis City Ordinance 65645. The proposed change is administrative only and does not add any new limitations, conditions or requirements.

A state implementation plan is a detailed description, required by the Clean Air Act and prepared by the state, of what actions a state will take to reduce air pollution.

The commission will also consider a variance from Harmony Printing and Development Company in Liberty. The company is asking for a variance from the requirements of Missouri State Rule 10 CSR 10-6.220, Restriction of Emission of Visible Air Contaminants.

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

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.

The Department of Natural Resources requests people intending to give verbal presentation 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 573-751-4871. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

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 dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/macc.htm.

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