PA’s Environmental Quality Board Approves RACT III
Posted: August 16th, 2022Authors: Christine C.
On August 9, 2022, Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted to approve the final form rule known as “RACT III” [25 Pa. Code §§ 129.111-129.115, Additional RACT Requirements for Major Sources of NOX and VOCs for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS]. Not much has changed since the EQB published the draft-final version of the rule in April 2022. With the exception of some clerical updates and a clarification to the definition of a “combustion source,” the only substantial change made to the rule is that guidance was provided for calculation of CEMS compliance data for certain sources. We recently went into more detail about PA CEMS compliance, including RACT III compliance, in another article.
You won’t find the final rule on the PA Bulletin just yet. Once adopted as final, the regulation is sent to the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy standing committees and Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) for action. The next IRRC meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2022, which means that things continue to move forward slowly. Regardless of the timing, all submittals will be due December 31, 2022. We are strongly recommending that affected facilities start now, which will put you in an advantageous spot to respond to the rule and be in compliance by the U.S. EPA-driven compliance deadline of January 1, 2023. Give us a call or drop me an email to discuss the specifics on how this rule will impact your facility.