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Document Title/Subject:
CAM Rule--Fact Sheets
Related Documents:
CAM Rule
CAM Preamble
EPA's response to public comments
Signed by: Unsigned

Signature Date: October 7, 1997

Peter Westlin
Emissions, Monitoring and Analysis Division



Regulatory Authority:
Title 1
Title 5
Title 7

Emissions, Monitoring, and Analysis Division (OAQPS)
Submitted By:
Document Type:
Fact Sheet
EPA Document Number:

Federal Register:
Subject Category:
Operating Permits
Air pollutants
Clean Air Act
Test methods
This Fact Sheet outlines the background, major features and impacted groups for new final rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assure the compliance of major facilities with a variety of air emission standards. This regulation will help facility owners conduct effective monitoring of their air pollution control equipment. If monitoring is conducted properly, facility owners will be able to assure state and local agencies, EPA, and the public that they comply with established emissions standards [hence the title Compliance Assurance Monitoring (CAM)]. Note that in earlier stages this action was known as the "enhanced monitoring" rule. EPA establishes emissions standards to protect public health and the environment. It is therefore important that affected facilities comply with these standards. The CAM rule requires owners and operators to monitor the operation and maintenance of their control equipment so that they can evaluate the performance of their control devices a nd report whether or not their facilities meet established emission standards. If owners and operators of these facilities find that their control equipment is not working properly, the CAM rule requires them to take action to correct any malfunctions and to report such instances to the appropriate enforcement agency (i.e., State and local environmental agencies). Additionally, the CAM rule provides some enforcement tools that will help State and local environmental agencies require facilities to respond appropriately to the monitoring results and improve pollution control operations. Monitoring will focus on emissions units that rely on pollution control device equipment to achieve compliance with applicable standards. The regulations also provide procedures for coordinating these new requirements with EPA's operating permits program regulations under 40 CFR Parts 70 and 71. Revisions to the operating permits program regulations clarify the relationship between the Part 64 requirements and pe riodic monitoring and compliance certification requirements in Parts 70 and 71. The rulemaking is estimated to improve compliance with existing regulations which will potentially reduce the need for further regulation to achieve clean air goals at a cost significantly less than that of the 1993 proposed rule. (6 pages) (The full text of the CAM rule is 35 pages, and the CAM Preamble is 131 pages).

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