The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last week began providing online public notice of air quality operating and major source construction permits.
“We are interested in people’s input on permits that are up for review,” said Lori Hanson, DNR Air Quality Supervisor. “I’m excited about this change because I think the new system will reach more people. There are now basically four ways for people to learn about permits in their area – which will make it easier than ever to learn about opportunities to comment.” These are:
- Subscribe to either the DNR EcoNewsWire or the Air Quality Technical listserv to receive timely notices through emails. Those interested in signing up for either electronic newsletter can go the DNR’s social media and press room page.
- Check online at the Public Participation page to see permits up for public comment.
- Check for posted public notices at local libraries. DNR will notify libraries when a public comment period, usually 30 days, is open for a nearby facility.
- Public hearings will also be posted in calendar listings on the DNR and State of Iowa home pages.
While DNR has posted information about draft permits and public comment periods for close to 20 years, it has also provided legal notice in a newspaper of general circulation, which met U.S. EPA’s print notice requirements. However, EPA recently changed its notification requirements, which DNR adopted April 18.