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COVID-19 Enforcement & Compliance Protocol


March 23, 2020

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued guidance on complying with state requirements for the duration of Governor Reynold's March 17, 2020 COVID-19 public health proclamation. Linn County Public Health Air Quality Branch will be following the issued guidance and exercising enforcement discretion in alignment with the DNR through April 30, 2020.

The original DNR guidance document can be reviewed here; however, sources located within Linn County should follow the guidance below. This guidance aligns with that provided by the DNR while providing Linn County-specific information.

  1. Construction Permits, General Permits, & Registrations
    • Stack testing requirement will be extended by 45 days after expiration of this guidance (does not include stack testing required by federal New Source Performance Standards [NSPS] or National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants [NESHAP]).
    • Authorization to Install permits expiring during the March 17, 2020 public health proclamation will be automatically granted an extension to 45 days after the expiration of this guidance.
    • Requirements to amend stacks and/or stack parameters will be extended by 30 days after the expiration of this guidance.
    • Requirements to add control devices through judicial order, compliance plan, construction permit, etc. are not extended, but requests for a variance from the requirement can be made to Tony Daugherty (319-892-6013) or Jason Keener (319-892-6011)
  2. Compliance
    • Method 9 certifications valid as of March 1, 2020 will be considered valid for 6 months following the expiration of this guidance.
    • NSPS and/or NESHAP stack testing and reporting deadlines will be extended by 45 days after the expiration of this guidance.
    • Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems ongoing calibrations will be extended until expiration of this guidance.
    • Excess emissions reporting deadlines will be extended until after expiration of this guidance.
    • Questions can be directed to a Janell White (319-892-6014) or Jia Timmerman (319-892-6037).
  3. Title V Operating Permits & Emissions Inventories
    • The following reports/certifications will be accepted through April 30, 2020:
      1. Title V Emissions Inventories;
      2. Title V Semi-Annual Monitoring Reports; and
      3. Title V Annual Compliance Certifications.
    • Stack testing required by a Title V operating permit (but not required by NSPS or NESHAP) will be extended by 45 days after expiration of this guidance.
    • Wet ink signatures will not be required on any of the following for the duration of this guidance:
      1. Title V applications;
      2. SLEIS application forms; and
      3. EASY Air Electronic Subscriber Agreement.
    • Questions may be directed to Tony Daugherty (319-892-6014) or Jason Keener (319-892-6011)




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