The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has adopted amendments to rules governing air quality, Minnesota Rules chapters 7005, 7007, 7008, 7011, and 7019. The new rules clarify permit requirements for small sources of air emissions, and update rules governing the treatment of small air pollution emitting facilities and activities. The rules also include four new categories of conditionally exempt sources: auto-body refinishing facilities, coating facilities, woodworking facilities, and "insignificant facilities." Rule-related documents are provided below.
The new rules are effective January 14, 2019.
Small sources of air emissions can access notification forms and information specific to the new conditionally exempt sources: Conditionally Exempt Facilities and Insignificant Facility. If you are a small business (less than 100 employees) and have questions, you can contact the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, 800-657-3938 or 651-282-6143, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This document provides information on how the MPCA will implement the rule changes.
Use this spreadsheet to calculate emissions to determine eligibility as an "insignificant facility" under Minn. R. 7008.2600.
Adopted rules show the modifications to the proposed rules.
Recorded Skype for proposed rule information meeting (May 10, 2018)
File includes presentation for the stakeholder meeting (Jan. 19, 2017) and comments received in response to the Request for Comments.
The purpose of the exempt source/conditionally insignificant activities rulemaking is to clarify permit requirements for small sources of air emissions and update rules governing the treatment of small air pollution emitting activities. These activities are described as “insignificant activities” and “conditionally insignificant activities” in the rules. The MPCA is also creating new categories of conditionally exempt sources, such as auto-body refinishing facilities and woodworking facilities. Such facilities that meet applicable technical standards would be exempt from obtaining an air emissions permit.
This rulemaking is needed to address several issues with the requirements for conditionally exempt stationary sources and conditionally insignificant activities, and to meet federal requirements for affected sources. Historically, the MPCA created an air emission permit hierarchy to incentivize the small source facilities, such as auto body refinishing facilities, to reduce their air emissions through more streamlined compliance requirements for low air emissions. The rule amendments will continue to streamline the administrative requirements for the lower emitting small source facilities while complying with applicable state and federal requirements. The main benefit of the rule amendments will be administrative, but they will also ensure that the rules limiting air emissions are federally enforceable.
Notice of Request for Comments
January 9, 2017
Stakeholder meeting on proposed concepts for amending the rules (January 19, 2017)
Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules
April 23, 2018
|Stakeholder engagement||Public information meeting on proposed rule amendments (May 10, 2018)|
|Notice of Adopted Rules||January 7, 2019|
- Chapter 7002: Air Emission Permit Fees
- Chapter 7005: Definitions and Abbreviations
- Chapter 7007: Air Emission Permits
- Chapter 7008: Exempt Air Emissions
- Chapter 7009: Ambient Air Quality Standards
- Chapter 7011: Standards for Stationary Sources
- Chapter 7017: Monitoring and Testing Requirements
- Chapter 7019: Emission Inventory Requirements
For questions about rule content or technical aspects of the rule:
For questions about the rule process or schedule:
Mary H. Lynn