2017


Department of Health to Hold Public Information Meeting and Hearing on Davis Refinery

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a public information meeting followed by a public hearing on the draft Air Pollution Control Permit to Construct for the Davis Refinery. Meridian Energy Group, Inc. is proposing to locate this petroleum refinery approximately 2 miles west of Belfield in Billings County.

The public information meeting and public hearing will be held on January 17, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. MT in the Dorothy Stickney Auditorium, May Hall, Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson.

“Public input is encouraged and welcomed,” said Terry O’Clair, director of the Division of Air Quality. “The Department of Health is committed to a thorough and transparent review process.”

A public comment period for the draft permit will begin December 8, 2017, and end on January 26, 2018. Written comments can be mailed to the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Air Quality, 918 East Divide Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501-1947, or emailed to AirQuality@nd.gov. Comments must be received during the public comment period to be considered in the final permit determination.

The permit application, department analysis and draft Permit to Construct are available for review at the address above and online at www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/PublicCom.aspx. A copy of these documents also may be obtained by writing to the Division of Air Quality, calling 701.328.5188 or emailing AirQuality@nd.gov.

For more information, contact Terry O'Clair, Division of Air Quality, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5188.

Full December 5, 2017 Memo



North Dakota Department of Health Urges Caution During Smokey Conditions

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across the region.

Wildfires in western Montana are sending smoke across North Dakota and other parts of the United States. Particulate matter climbed overnight to elevated levels across North Dakota, with the highest levels found in the western and central portions of the state. Particulate matter consists of extremely small particles of ashes and soot found in the air.

Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system, especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or conditions such as asthma and allergies. The NDDoH advises people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and young children to limit prolonged outdoor exposure. People reacting to smoke to the extent that it is affecting breathing should seek immediate help from a medical provider.

For up-to-date information on the region’s current air quality and tips on respiratory protection during a smoke event, visit http://www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/Wildfire.aspx.

For more information, contact Chuck Hyatt, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5188.

Full September 13, 2017 Memo



Clean Diesel Grants Awarded

The North Dakota Department of Health, through the US Environmental Protection Agency, will award approximately $162,000 in grants to the following schools for the replacement of old diesel powered school buses with new cleaner diesel powered school buses. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of the Energy Policy Act of 2010 allocates funds to states to implement projects that reduce diesel emissions. These replacements are being conducted utilizing North Dakota’s FY2016 DERA funding.

Grant Recipients

  • Griggs County Public Schools $19,750
  • Linton Public Schools $21,500
  • Lisbon Public Schools $21,250
  • Maddock Public Schools $20,368
  • New England Public Schools $19,937
  • Oakes Public Schools $20,000
  • Sargent Central Public Schools $19,687
  • Washburn Public Schools $19,643

Volkswagen Settlement

On Oct. 25, 2016, a partial Consent Decree was finalized between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation regarding the installation and use of emissions testing defeat devices in thousands of vehicles sold and operated in the United States beginning in 2009. These devices violated the federal Clean Air Act and increased air emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide (NOx).

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A 30-day public comment period will begin Mar. 1, 2017, and end Mar. 31, 2017. Comments should be provided in writing to the NDDoH, Division of Air Quality, 918 E. Divide Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501-1947. Comments also may be emailed to airquality@nd.gov. Comments must be received by the end of the public comment period to be considered in the development of the final mitigation plan. For more information, visit www.ndhealth.gov/aq/VW.aspx.

January is National Radon Action Month

During National Radon Action Month in January, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents that January and other cooler weather months are a great time to test their home for radon, a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

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For your free Radon test kit call us at (701) 328-5188, and ask for a kit or email Justin Otto at jotto@nd.gov, ATTN:Radon Kit, and include a mailing address.

Clean Diesel Grants Accepting Applications

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is pleased to release the annual State Clean Diesel Grant Program application and guidelines. The North Dakota Department of Health, through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will award approximately $190,000 in grants to be used for the purchase of new diesel powered vehicles, equipment and school buses throughout the state of North Dakota. The grant allocates funds to reduce diesel emissions under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of the Energy Policy Act of 2010

Grant Application (.docx)

Applications due February 28, 2017 by 4:00 PM Central Time



2016


Clean Diesel Grants Awarded

The North Dakota Department of Health, through the US Environmental Protection Agency, will award approximately $114,000 in grants to the following schools for the replacement of old diesel powered school buses with new cleaner diesel powered school buses. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of the Energy Policy Act of 2010 allocates funds to states to implement projects that reduce diesel emissions. These replacements are being conducted utilizing North Dakota’s FY2015 DERA funding.

Grant Recipients

  • Manvel Public Schools $18,388
  • Lisbon Public Schools $19.550
  • Harvey Public Schools $19,029
  • McClusky Public Schools $18,400
  • Drayton Public Schools $18,124
  • Bismarck Public Schools $20,700


Permit to Construct Fee Increases

Section 33-15-23-02 of the North Dakota Air Pollution Control Rules requires a fee to be submitted with an Air Pollution Control Permit to Construct (PTC) application. The PTC application fee is currently $150 with the fee not having changed in over 25 years.

To account for inflation and the increased complexity of PTC applications, the application fee will increase to $325 on July 1, 2016. All Permit to Construct applications received by the Division of Air Quality on or after July 1, 2016 must include the $325 application fee with the permit application. Full June 1, 2016 Memo



Last Updated: 12/05/2017

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