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Air Pollution Control Program

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About the Program

Major Source Emissions
The Air Pollution Control Program aims to curb emissions from both major and minor sources.
Asbestos Removal
Guam EPA monitors asbestos removal and abatement through the Air Pollution Control Program.
The Air Pollution Control Program is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of Guam's Air Pollution Control Standards and Regulations, promulgated under the authority of Chapter 49, Title 10 of the Guam Code Annotated (GCA), also known as the Air Pollution Control Act (P.L. 10-74) and appropriate state requirements under Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) guidelines supporting these mandates.

Program activities include a permitting system for construction and operation of major and minor stationary sources; an oversight monitoring network for ambient air quality; enforcement of Guam's Air Pollution Standards and Regulations; and episode or complaint investigation, including but not limited to, fugitive dust emissions, vehicle emissions, vapor emissions, etc. The program is also responsible for overseeing asbestos demolition, renovation and disposal activities under 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M and the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).

The Program has been delegated the responsibility for the establishment, implementation and maintenance of Guam's Radon Program as a result of the passage of Public Law 20-184 on June 6, 1990. Public Law 20-184 designates Guam EPA as the lead agency in the establishment, implementation and maintenance of the Guam's Radon Program, and requires the Agency to initiate a radon screening measurement survey in all schools and public buildings. The Guam EPA pamphlet "Understanding Radon" (PDF, 540K) provides specific information on testing for radon and minimizing radon risks in the home.


Program-Related Regulations

The following regulations are administered by the Air Pollution Control Program. For more information on the program's statutory authority, please consult 10 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 49 (Air Pollution Control Act) in the Regulations section of this site.



Program Permits

The Air Pollution Control Program is responsible for issuing several permits. Air pollution permits are issued according to the dry weight pollutant per year anticipated to be emitted from a facility classified as either a minor or major source. All air pollution sources (facilities) to be constructed must obtain an Air Pollution Source Construction Permit. Construction permits are issued to ensure that facilities are constructed utilizing best available technologies to minimize, treat or eliminate specified quantities of pollutants.

There are many types of potential air pollution sources or land use activities that require Construction and Operating Permits. Some of these sources include: standby electric generators (>30kw), sandblasting and spray painting facilities, rock quarrying and processing facilities (batch plants), incinerators, boiler units, foundries, and dry cleaning facilities. Additional information on these permits, including application forms and instructions, is available in the Permits section of this site.


Program Staff and Contact Information

Peter Q. Cruz
Program Manager
475-1611
Overall Program Management, Radon, Complaints
Michelle R. Lastimoza
Environmental Health Specialist
475-1612
Permitting, Complaints
Steve Norby
Environmental Health Specialist
475-1671
Radon, Emissions Testing
Luong Truong
Environmental Health Specialist
475-1612
Permitting, Complaints
Edwin R. "Bob" Salas
Environmental Health Specialist
475-1612
Permitting, Complaints


Additional Information

The sites below contain additional information about Air Pollution Control Program issues (pages will open in a new window).

  • U.S. EPA Office of Air and Radiation
  • U.S. EPA Radon Information Page
  • U.S. EPA Asbestos Information Page
  • U.S. EPA Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act



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Last update: 21 February 2006

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