Environmental - Air Permit Review

As a federally recognized tribe, the Fond du Lac Band has Treatment as a State status (TAS) and has the right to comment and to be consulted on any Title 5 Permitting Actions within 50 miles of the reservation and the Ceded Territories.

Companies must develop Environmental Impact Statements for new projects or for significant changes or expansions to existing operations and submit them to State Agencies.

The Fond du Lac Air Program reviews permits for local sources of air pollutants and sends the comments in before these permits are finalized. Permits are issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources or the EPA on tribal lands.

Personnel read the permits to see if emissions limits will be met and if the right types of control equipment will be used. Essentially the air program acts as an extra set of reviewers that augment state efforts.

Some projects recently reviewed include several new and existing mining projects, forest products manufacturing facilities, pipelines, and electric power plants.

If you have any questions regarding local permit issues, please contact us!

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Wisconsin DNR Air Quality (WIDNR )

Regulatory Review

The federal or state government will propose new or revised environmental rules. The states may have stricter laws than the federal government. If the Clean Air Act has a modification, it is announced through the Federal Register.

The Fond du Lac Air Program has commented on numerous regulations including the New Source Review (NSR) and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Lead (Pb), Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide.