Written by Theresa Rose on May 29, 2015

FORT MADISON – Based on public requests, the DNR is seeking input on renewing Climax Molybdenum’s existing air quality permit for its Fort Madison inorganic chemical production company.

The DNR issued a draft Title V operating permit after reviewing an application showing the facility meets all federal and state air quality requirements.

The public can comment on permit requirements from 5 to 7 p.m., June 9, at McAleer Hall, 415 11th St. in Fort Madison. The DNR will summarize and consider comments from the public hearing before making a final decision on renewing the permit.

To view the permit application, the company’s air emissions, facility details and DNR’s permit review, look for the draft permit at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryAir/OperatingPermits/DraftFinalPermits.aspx. Click on the “Title V – Draft” tab. Or, review the draft at the DNR’s Air Quality Bureau office in Windsor Heights.

Contact Jeremy Arndt for details at Iowa DNR Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road, Suite 1, Windsor Heights, IA 50324. Or, call 515-725-9511 or email Jeremy.Arndt@dnr.iowa.gov.

Public comments and DNR’s response to them will be available on or about June 19.

Climax Molybdenum is required to apply for a Title V operating permit because of the amount of sulfur dioxide potentially released during the plant’s operation. Other air pollutants from the facility include: particulate matter of three different sizes, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, lead and hazardous air pollutants.

The DNR previously sought public comments on the draft from March 17 through April 16. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office reviewed the draft from March 17 through May 1.