Owners and operators of existing sources do not need to take action to comply with Cleaner Air Oregon unless one of the following applies:
- The facility has been notified by DEQ that they have been “called in” to the program
- The owner or operator is applying to make a major modification to their facility. A major modification is one that triggers Major New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration or a Type A State New Source Review.
An existing facility can volunteer to go through CAO early, and DEQ will work with facilities as resources allow. If an owner or operator wants to reduce risk prior to being called in to CAO, the owner can work with their regional permit writer to get any such action approved. DEQ’s initial priority is to develop the infrastructure to successfully stand up the program and evaluate sources with high-risk emissions first.
All facilities with DEQ air permits will need to pay CAO annual fees and submit an air toxics emissions inventory every 3 years.