House Bill No. 54

Introduced By bohlinger

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act setting uniform state ambient sulfur dioxide standards; requiring the department of environmental quality to develop emission control plans; and repealing section 1, chapter 504, laws of 1987."


A statement of intent is included to clarify that the intent of the legislature is to provide for ambient sulfur dioxide standards that are uniform and enforceable throughout the state of Montana. The legislature recognizes that enforcement of ambient sulfur dioxide standards in areas that have a concentration of industrial sources, as characterizes Yellowstone County, poses a difficult and unique enforcement challenge to the state of Montana. Therefore, it is the intent of the legislature to direct the department of environmental quality to develop pollution control plans for each industrial source of sulfur dioxide located in those areas. These plans must consist of emission limits for each industrial source to ensure attainment with the state ambient air quality standards, an emission and ambient monitoring program to demonstrate compliance, and a control strategy that outlines how each source intends to operate in compliance with the provisions of the emission control plan.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

NEW SECTION. Section 1.  Sulfur dioxide emission control plans. In areas where multiple industrial sources of sulfur dioxide are located in close proximity, the department shall develop sulfur dioxide emission control plans for each source in a manner consistent with federal emission control plans for sulfur dioxide.

NEW SECTION. Section 2.  Repealer. Section 1, Chapter 504, Laws of 1987, is repealed.

NEW SECTION. Section 3.  Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 75, chapter 2, part 2, and the provisions of Title 75, chapter 2, part 2, apply to [section 1].