Division of Minerals
Commission on Mineral Resources
Division of Forestry
State Health Board
Division of Water Resources
Jim Barbee, Director
Agriculture - Reno
Tony Wasley, Director
Dept. of Wildlife
Rose Marie Reynolds
Deputy Attorney General
Meeting May 2, 2014
The State Environmental Commission (SEC) will hold a meeting on Friday May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am in Carson City.
The meeting location is in Carson City at the Bryan Building located at 901 South Stewart Street (2nd floor, Tahoe Room).
The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the information listed on this agenda.
The following items may be taken out of order and/or items may be combined for consideration. Items may also be removed from the agenda or the SEC may delay discussion
relating to an item on the agenda at any time. Prior to the commencement and conclusion of
a contested case or a quasi-judicial proceeding that may affect the due process rights of an individual, the SEC may refuse to consider public comment. See NRS 233B.126
1) Public Comments: Members of the public are invited to speak before the SEC; however, no action may be taken on a matter during public comment until the matter itself had been included on an agenda as an item for possible action. Public comment will be limited to ten minutes per person at the discretion of the chairperson. (For Discussion)
2) Approval of the Agenda: Agenda (For Possible Action)
4) Penalty Assessments for Air Quality Violations: Summary Table
- Newmont Nevada Energy Investment, LLC — Penalty
Assessments NOAV No. 2453 for alleged failure to comply with a permitted
emission limit. The recommended penalty amount is $12,420.00.(For
Background NDEP NOAV
- Nevada Slag, Inc. — Penalty Assessments
NOAVs No. 2455 and No. 2456 for alleged failure to comply with a permitted
emission limit and alleged failure to operate required air pollution controls.
The total recommended penalty amount is $12,600.00. (For
Background NDEP NOAV
Q&D Construction, Inc. — Penalty
Assessments NOAV No. 2462, alleged failure to comply with a permitted emission
limit. The recommended penalty amount is $3,250.00. (For
Hawthorne Army Depot — Penalty Assessments
NOAV No. 2471, alleged failure to comply with a permitted emission limit.
The recommended penalty amount is $20,800.00. (For
Rockwood Lithium Inc. — Penalty Assessments
NOAV No. 2474, alleged failure to conduct required compliance source testing.
The recommended penalty amount is $5,000.00. (For
Alston Construction — Penalty Assessments
NOAV No. 2476, alleged failure to apply for and obtain an operating permit
prior to commencing construction. The recommended penalty amount is $2,900.00. (For
NDEP Regulatory Petitions
Bureau of Air Quality Planning
5) RE: R145-13: Bureau of Air Quality Planning - Ambient
Air Quality Standards
(For Possible Action)
The NDEP is proposing to amend NAC 445B.22097, “Standards of quality for
ambient air,” and NAC 445B.311, “Environmental evaluation: Contents;
consideration of good engineering practice stack height.” We are proposing
to revise the Nevada side of the ambient air quality standards table in NAC 445B.22097
to further align it with the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) currently
in effect. The proposed regulation revises the nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur
dioxide (SO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) standards in the Nevada side
of the ambient air quality standards table. The proposed revision to NAC 445B.311
modifies the environmental evaluation requirements for conducting an air dispersion
analysis. Under the existing regulations, a facility is not required to model
if it has the potential to emit less than 25 tons per year for each pollutant
standard. The proposed regulation increases that threshold for the 2010 1-hour
SO2 and NO2 NAAQS to 40 tons per year. Currently, as a service to regulated industries,
Nevada conducts modeling for facilities below the threshold and will do so for
facilities below the new threshold.
These amendments are in response to a federal requirement. If adopted, they will
be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a revision
to Nevada's state implementation plan to meet requirements in Clean Air Act § 110(a)(1).
The proposed amendments address the implementation of the 2006 PM2.5, 2010 SO2
and 2010 NO2 NAAQS in the NDEP’s minor source permitting program.
The economic effect of this regulation can only be determined on a case-by-case
basis for each affected business. If the environmental analysis shows that the
emissions from a business are expected to exceed the air quality standards, the
business must revise its operating procedures or install controls to reduce emissions.
The cost will range from no cost to the cost of installing emission controls
appropriate to the individual situation. It is important to note that the proposed
NO2, SO2, and PM2.5 standards are federal standards with which industry must
comply regardless of whether the USEPA or the NDEP implements them. The proposed
regulation will have beneficial effects in terms of improved health and welfare.
The NAAQS are established to protect against adverse effects of polluted air
on human health. The cleaner the emissions are the fewer health effects will
be experienced by those persons downwind of the facility. In addition, the emissions
reductions will also benefit public welfare. Such benefits include improved visibility
and less damage to materials and ecosystems.
This regulation does not overlap, duplicate or conflict with any regulations
of other government agencies. The regulation does not address fees and it is
essential to the functions and operations of NDEP.
Documents in Adobe PDF File Format
- January 9, 2014 — LCB
Draft Regulation [4 pages]
- November 8, 2013 — Workshop
Notice & Agenda
26, 2013 — Workshop
Minutes [8 pages]
- January 16, 2013 — NDEP
Draft Regulation [5 pages]
- February 27, 2014 — SEC
Form 1 [3 Pages]
- February 27, 2014 — SEC
Form 4 [5 Pages]
- February 27, 2014 — LCB
- March 3, 2014 — Workshop
Notice & Agenda
- March 20, 2014 — Workshop
Slide Show [17 Pages]
- March 20, 2014 — Workshop
Summary Minutes [4 Pages]
- March 19, 2014 — LCB
Draft Regulation [8 Pages]
- March 27, 2014 — Notice of Regulatory Hearing
- May 7, 2014 — SEC
Informational Statement Cover Letter to LCB
- May 7, 2014 — Informational
Statement [4 Pages]
- June 23, 2014 — Secretary of State Filing
- June 23, 2014 — LCB
Adopted Regulation [4 Pages]
- July 1, 2014 — Regulation
Transmittal Letter — State
Library & Archives
6) Approval of SEC Form 4 – Small Business Impact
Possible Action) The 2013 Legislative Session resulted in changes to the
small business impact statements prepared by state agencies when proposing regulations.
The existing Form 4 was approved by the SEC on April 20, 2000. The proposed changes
to Form 4 have been reviewed by both the SEC DAG and a NDEP DAG to ensure the
new legislative requirements have been captured.
7) Administrator's Briefing to the Commission: NDEP
Administrator, Colleen Cripps, will brief the Commission on NDEP personnel changes
and also provide an update on state and federal regulatory changes.
8) Public Comment (For
Discussion) Members of the public will be invited to speak before the
SEC; however, no action may be taken on a matter during public comment until
the matter itself has been included on an agenda as an item for possible
action. Public comment may be limited to ten minutes per person at the discretion
of the chairperson. (See
Nevada Open Meeting Law Manual - Page 58 and 81)
As required by the provisions of chapters 233B and 241 of Nevada Revised Statutes,
this agenda was posted no later than three working days prior to the hearing
at the following locations:
Nevada State Library & Archives, 100 N. Stewart St., Carson City, NV;
Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, 901 South Stewart Street, Carson
Nevada Division of Minerals, 400 W. King Street, Carson City, NV;
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife, 1100 Valley Road, Reno, NV
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 2030 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas;
Members of the public can inspect copies of the regulation to be adopted at
the State Library and Archives in Carson City (100 Stewart Street), and at
the offices of the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City and
Las Vegas. The Carson City office is located at 901 South Stewart Street, Suite
4001 and the Las Vegas office is located at 2030 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 230.
This agenda and the text of the proposed regulation, including previous drafts,
are or will be posted on the on the Legislative Counsel Bureau's website at:
This agenda and supporting material for the above referenced meeting are posted
on the State Environmental Commission's website at: http://sec.nv.gov/main/hearing_0514.htm.
Supporting material is also available at the office of the State Environmental
Commission, 901 South Stewart St., Suite 4001, Carson City, NV. Anyone desiring
supporting material or additional information is invited to contact Valerie
King at (775) 687-9374.
Persons wishing to comment on the proposed actions of the SEC may appear at
the scheduled public hearing or may address their comments, data, views, or
arguments in written form to: State Environmental Commission, 901 South Stewart
Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249. The SEC must receive written
submissions at least five days before the scheduled public hearing.
If no person who is directly affected by the proposed action appears to request
time to make an oral presentation, the SEC may proceed immediately to act upon
any written submissions.
Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations
or assistance at the meeting are requested to notify, in writing, the Nevada
State Environmental Commission, in care of Valerie King, Executive Secretary,
901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249, facsimile
(775) 687-5856, or by calling (775) 687-9374, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April
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