MPCA -Air Permit Commenting Training

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Air Permit Commenting Training

October 23rd – 24th

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 October 26th – 27th

Minneapolis Urban League

October 25th Public Forum

Minnesota Humanities Center


The purpose of this training is to provide information to community members and interested organizations about the process of air permitting, and how to effectively participate in the commenting process. These trainings are free and open to the public.

community meeting

Topics that will be addressed in the training include:

  • The legal authority of issuing air permits under the Clean Air Act
  • Types of air permits
  • The application and permitting process
  • Where to bring community concerns
  • The most effective way to review a permit and how to write and submit comments
  • Community perspectives on air permit commenting

You will hear from MPCA air permitting staff, EPA staff, and representatives from communities that have participated in the commenting process.

There will be two 2-day trainings:

  • October 23-24: MPCA Office, 520 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. To register CLICK HERE
  • October 26-27: Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. To register CLICK HERE

You can also live stream the 2-day training in St. Paul.  Join the meeting by going to:

Limited funding is available for community members to attend the training in person.  Please specify when you register, whether you’ll be requesting a stipend. Stipends are to help make attendance more accessible for those whose jobs and family responsibilities would not otherwise allow them to readily attend. Stipends will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

For those unable to attend the full training, there will be a public forum on the evening of Wednesday, October 25, at 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, Saint Paul.  To register for the forum, CLICK HERE.

To view the draft Air Permit Commenting Training Agenda including the topics covered, CLICK HERE.

Public Participation

The air permit commenting training is an effort to provide information and education so that all Minnesotans can effectively participate in the public process. The topics covered will include:

  • How to provide effective comments on permits
  • Community perspectives on air permitting
  • Industry perspectives
  • Where to direct concerns and how
  • Tools and resources for the public

This training is offered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with support from the EPA. Facilitated by the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy.