New Air Monitoring chief named
Gail Good is the new chief of the Air Monitoring Section in the NR Bureau of Air Management, Central Office, succeeding Bart Sponseller. She began her new position as Air Monitoring Section Chief on October 8.
Gail has worked for DNR in the Air Management Bureau the past 12 years, starting as a dispersion modeler while attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Upon earning an M.S. in Atmospheric Science and in Air Resources Management, Gail became a full-time member of the dispersion modeling team. Besides her modeling duties, Gail has been involved in policy and guidance issues through rule development and guidance writing. She has served for the past two years as the National Association of Clean Air Agencies / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency state modeling representative.
Clean Air Assistance Program updates small businesses on new boiler MACT standard
The Bureau of Air Management’s Small Business Clean Air Assistance Program recently reached out to small businesses involved in drying lumber and wood products. Air Management specialist Lisa Ashenbrenner Hunt updated attendees of the Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association’s Fall Meeting on the new Area Source Boiler MACT standard. The conference was held Oct. 11-12 in Prairie du Chien.
The Area Source Boiler MACT standard affects small emitters that use coil, oil, or biomass fired boilers. The rule requires boiler tune-ups, energy assessments, and emission limits, depending on the age, size, and fuel type of the boiler. Lisa spoke to a small group of around 20 people who represented businesses affected by the new rule. Her presentation included an overview of the rule, categories of boilers, details of the rule requirements, notification and recordkeeping obligations, and sources of additional information. Afterward, there was a question and answer session.
Of particular importance was information on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “no action assurance” letter, which effectively extended the deadline for conducting the first boiler tune-up and submitting the Notification of Compliance Status. Although the initial compliance date for conducting the tune-up was March 21, 2012, many affected sources found it difficult to meet this deadline.
In response, EPA proposed extending the deadline for the tune-up to March 21, 2013. However, a final rule on the extension has not yet been published. Thus, the no action assurance letter extends the due date for boiler tune-ups until December 31, 2012, or the date of EPA’s final rule, whichever comes first.