Although many power plants may opt out of continuous monitoring if emission levels are below the indicated threshold, several hundred continuous mercury monitoring systems (CMMS) will be sold and installed to comply with the federal rules. Furthermore, many states have opposed CAMR in favor of more stringent state regulations. These local initiatives may drive facilities that are exempt from federal continuous mercury monitoring requirements to purchase CMMS.
Mapping Quality Assurance Requirements for Continuous Mercury Monitoring Systems
The Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) requires coal-fired electric power plants to install and operate mercury continuous monitoring systems by December 31, 2008 such that they will have 12 months of “submittable” data by 1 January 2010. For all practical purposes, “submittable data” are “quality-assured data” that meet the extensive quality control requirements cited in the various regulations that apply to the affected sources.