United States

Environmental Protection
Agency, Region 7
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Nine Tribal Nations

July 2014

EPA Seeks Comments on Proposal to Clarify Regulations for Grain Elevators
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the New
Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for grain elevators. These proposed amendments
are based on EPA’s eight-year review as required by the Clean Air Act, and in response to
issues raised by the National Grain and Feed Association and others to determine when
temporary grain storage is considered as permanent grain storage, and to resolve other air
emission issues.
The proposal references EPA’s recent decision that existing temporary storage facilities do
not meet the definition of “permanent storage capacity” and should not be included when
determining applicability of NSPS for an existing grain elevator.
The proposed new section of the NSPS would also include: new emission limits for certain
grain elevators; additional testing, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements;
and an additional method for determining applicability that includes the storage capacity of
temporary storage facilities by proposing to count temporary storage capacity at
approximately one-third of traditional permanent storage capacity.
Public comments on this proposal should be submitted on or before December 22, 2014. The
proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2014. For more information,
including how to submit comments, visit: www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/nsps/grain/genspspg.html If
you have questions, please contact Bill Schrock at EPA Headquarters, 919-541-5032, or at
schrock.bill@epa.gov

Air and Waste Management Division