HCS/HB 1084 - This act requires owners of a coal-fired electric generating source in a National Ambient Air Quality Standards nonattainment area designated as of April 1, 2015, to develop an ambient air quality monitoring or modeling network to characterize the sulfur dioxide air quality surrounding the source. The network shall operate for at least 12 consecutive quarters. This act requires the owner of such source to notify the Department of Natural Resources of the manner in which it intends to characterize the air quality around the source, and if the owner elects to use monitoring the owner shall be consulted by the Department and the location of such monitoring network shall be approved by the Department.
Under this act, the Department of Natural Resources shall not submit its recommendation on the designation process to the Environmental Protection Agency on the manner of air quality data collection that is inconsistent with monitoring or modeling elections. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources shall not propose to the Air Conservation Commission any sulfur dioxide emission limitation unless such limitation has been agreed to by both the Department and the owner of the affected source. Nothing in this act shall prohibit the Department from entering into an agreement with an owner of an electric generating source to limit or reduce sulfur dioxide emissions.
This provision is identical to a provision contained in CCS#2/HCS/SCS/SB 152 (2015) and CCS/HCS/SCS/SB 445 (2015).