WI DNR to host four “Air Permit Process Improvements” listening sessions

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DNR has announced there will be listening sessions on proposed “Air Permit Process Improvements”.

Why do I immediately suspect that the word “Degradations” should be substituted for “Improvements”?

Here’s the PDF of DNR’s public announcement for full details.

Oct 21 Eau Claire
Oct 22 Mosinee
Oct 23 Milwaukee
Oct 24 Green Bay

The following info came to me by way of the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network facebook page:

The Air Management Program (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) invites you to attend one of four listening sessions on air permit process improvements scheduled for next week. The Program is seeking public input and ideas on how the application, review and issuance process can be improved for air pollution operation and construction permits.

The meetings will be held as open houses where individuals can attend anytime during the two-hour session to make suggestions, ask questions and have informal conversations with staff. During the early part of the open house, staff will make a presentation on the air permit application process and discuss improvement ideas that the Program is already considering.

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DNR Public Meeting Notice: Listening Sessions on Air Permit Process Improvements

Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Green Bay
1:30-3:30 PM, Lake Michigan Room, DNR Green Bay Service Center, 2984 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54313
Please know that there is an effort by industry to “streamline” the permitting process for air and water pollution permits and to even exempt some operations that currently require air pollution permits. This is especially true in the plastic-to- energy industry in which plastic is not recycled but burned as a fuel. With the over 200 chemicals used in plastic manufacturing and the increasing threat from ultrafine particulates released during combustion, these efforts to streamline or minimize the permitting process need to be resisted. In the wake of the current climate of Wisconsin being open for business, pollution permit compliance monitoring by ordinary citizens becomes more necessary. Without a complete, detailed, and accurate permit, it may become more difficult for citizens to obtain the necessary information through the Freedom of Information Act to monitor these permits. Please make your feelings known about changing the permitting process by attending the hearing or sending your comments to the address below.

What is the topic of the meeting?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Management Program is seeking public input and ideas on how the application, review and issuance process can be improved for air pollution operation and construction permits. The Air Management Program is seeking the broadest range of input so that all permit program customers can have their input received and considered by the department.

Format of meeting
The meeting will be held as an open house, including an open discussion with Air Program staff. Informal conversations and questions with staff and time for providing public input and comments will be the primary focus of the meeting. However, approximately 30 minutes after the start of the open house, Air Program staff will make a presentation on the air permit application process and discuss some process improvement ideas that the department is already considering

Other methods of providing input
If you are unable to make the meeting, you may also provide your input by sending your ideas to: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Air Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, Attn: Steve Dunn or by email to Steven.Dunn@wisconsin.gov

Photo credit: Pilsen and Pollution is by Senor Codo of flickr. Creative Commons License use.

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