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Opacity Monitoring Requirements (PS1) Revisions Promulgated (08/10/00)

Final revisions Performance Specification 1 (PS1), the portion of 40 CFR Part 60 which details specifications and test procedures for continuous opacity monitoring from stationary sources, were published in the Federal Register today on August 10, 2000. In an "ASTM Opacity Update" received by RMB this week, Jim Peeler stated that the PS1 revisions adopted ASTM D6216-98 in its entirety (by reference) and that the balance of the changes to PS1 are expected to be consistent with ASTM D6216-98 recommendations. EPA's Solomon Ricks advised that EPA intends, in October of this year, to reopen the "comment period" for the 1992 proposed Method 203 (i.e., QA/QC requirements for opacity monitors). EPA plans to promulgate Method 203 by "direct final rule" in 2001. A copy of the PS1 revisions published in the Federal Register is available from our FTP Library

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