2018


State Clean Diesel Grant — Application Available

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is pleased to release the annual State Clean Diesel Grant Program application and guidelines. The North Dakota Department of Health, through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will award approximately $274,000 in awards to be used for the purchase of new diesel powered vehicles, equipment and school buses throughout the state of North Dakota. The grant allocates funds to reduce diesel emissions under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of the Energy Policy Act of 2010.

Grant Application (.docx)

Applications due December 21, 2018 by 4:00 PM Central Time

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North Dakota Department of Health Warns Residents About Wildfire Smoke

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across North Dakota.

Wildfires along the West Coast and in Montana, Idaho and Canada are sending smoke across the state. Particulate matter consists of extremely small particles of ashes and soot found in the air.

Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system, especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or conditions such as asthma and allergies. The NDDoH advises people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and young children to limit prolonged outdoor exposure. People reacting to smoke to the extent that it is affecting breathing should seek immediate help from a medical provider.

Except for northeastern North Dakota, ground-level particulate concentrations are currently decreasing in the state. However, satellite imagery and fire conditions show increased transportation of particulates in the upper atmosphere. Elevated particulate numbers may become a concern as upper atmospheric conditions change.

For up-to-date information on the region’s current air quality and tips on respiratory protection during a smoke event, visit https://deq.nd.gov/aq/monitoring/wildfires.aspx.

For more information, contact Justin Mayer, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5188.

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North Dakota Department of Health Warns Residents About Wildfire Smoke

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across North Dakota.

Wildfires along the West Coast and western Montana are sending smoke across the state, and particulate matter has been increasing over the last few days. Particulate matter consists of extremely small particles of ashes and soot found in the air.

Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system, especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or conditions such as asthma and allergies. The NDDoH advises people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and young children to limit prolonged outdoor exposure.

High particulate numbers, coupled with hot temperatures over the next few days, could worsen respiratory conditions. People reacting to smoke to the extent that it is affecting breathing should seek immediate help from a medical provider.

For up-to-date information on the region’s current air quality and tips on respiratory protection during a smoke event, visit https://deq.nd.gov/aq/monitoring/wildfires.aspx.

For more information, contact Ryan Mills, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5188.

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North Dakota Department of Health Seeks Comments on Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

BISMARCK, N.D. – On October 2, 2017, an environmental mitigation trust was finalized as part of the nationwide Volkswagen Settlement. Funding will be available to all states to mitigate negative air quality impacts caused by Volkswagen’s use of emissions testing defeat devices in vehicles sold and operated in the U.S. The devices violated the Clean Air Act and increased emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx). North Dakota’s share will be approximately $8.1 million.

To receive funding, a state must outline the mitigation actions planned to reduce NOx emissions. The Governor’s Office has appointed the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) to develop and implement a mitigation plan. The plan must be based on the settlement’s list of eligible actions to reduce NOx emissions and provide the greatest air quality benefit. A copy of the mitigation plan, as well as other Volkswagen Settlement information, can be found at http://deq.nd.gov/AQ/planning/VW.aspx.

The NDDoH is not currently requesting project proposals but is seeking public comment to help finalize the mitigation plan. The 45-day comment period begins July 17 and ends August 31, 2018. Written comments can be sent to the Division of Air Quality, 918 E Divide Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501-1947 or emailed to AirQuality@nd.gov.

Two public information meetings also have been scheduled.

  • Fargo - July 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - A. Glenn Hill Center, Rm 112, 1306 Centennial Blvd, NDSU (parking available at Memorial Union lot)
  • Bismarck - July 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - NDDoH Environmental Training Center, 2639 E Main

For more information, visit http://deq.nd.gov/AQ/planning/VW.aspx, or call Keith Hinnenkamp, Division of Air Quality, at 701.328.5188.

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Clean Diesel Grants Awarded

The North Dakota Department of Health, through the US Environmental Protection Agency, will award approximately $182,900 in grants to the following schools for the replacement of old diesel-powered school buses with new cleaner diesel-powered school buses. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of the Energy Policy Act of 2010 allocates funds to states to implement projects that reduce diesel emissions. These replacements are being conducted utilizing North Dakota’s FY2017 DERA funding.

  • Thompson Public Schools $20,425
  • Milnor Public Schools $20,000
  • Lidgerwood Public Schools $19,687
  • Flasher Public Schools $21,125
  • Sargent Central Public Schools $19,937
  • Central Valley Public Schools $20,339
  • Ashley Public Schools $20,000
  • Grafton Public Schools $20,250
  • Harvey Public Schools $21,137


Asbestos Inspection Required Before Demolishing or Renovating Buildings

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding building owners and operators that an inspection by a North Dakota-licensed asbestos inspector is required prior to demolition or renovation. Asbestos, a mineral material commonly used in building products in the past, has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

State and federal regulations require all institutional, commercial and public buildings, and city-owned residences to be inspected for asbestos before any demolition or renovation begins. Privately owned, single-family residences are typically exempt unless they are being demolished or renovated as part of a larger project. A list of asbestos-licensed companies can be found at https://deq.nd.gov/AQ/PDFs/Documents/Asbestos/AsbestosContractors.pdf.

For demolition work, the building owner or operator must submit a notification form to the NDDoH after the inspection and at least 10 working days before demolition, even if asbestos is not present. The form will include inspection results, a description of intended work, and waste disposal details. The form can be found at https://deq.nd.gov/forms/AQ/asbestos/SFN17987.pdf .

In cases of renovation, no notification is required if the inspection determines there are less than 160 square feet or 260 lineal feet of regulated asbestos material present.

Failure to comply with the requirements may result in penalties – up to $10,000 per day per violation, and even criminal prosecution in some cases. It is the responsibility of both the building owner and the contractor to ensure all requirements are met. For more information on demolition and renovation regulations, contact Justin Otto, Division of Air Quality, at 701.328.5188, or email jotto@nd.gov.

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Last Updated: 11/07/2018