The Eight (8) “Ws” of RACT 2 – Who, What, When, Why, Where, In What Way, and By What Means

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Courtesy of All4 Inc.

The revised Final-Form Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) 2 Rule was approved by the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) on November 17, 2015.  It’s now in the last administrative stages on its way to being finalized and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  As an air quality rule that applies to major sources located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, RACT 2 could potentially have a significant impact on a facility’s nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting operations; not to mention their operating budgets, and the already full plates of their environmental compliance staff.  We address the eight (8) “Ws” of RACT 2 as a primer for our readers. 

WHO – The players…

  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP): 
    • Information presented by PADEP during the November 17, 2015 EQB meeting pertaining to the revised Final-Form RACT 2 Rule can be found here. The presentation provides a nice background summary of the RACT 2 Rule. 
  • Major Sources within the Commonwealth: 
    • The revised Final-Form RACT 2 Rule applies statewide to facilities with potential emissions that exceed 100 tons per year (tpy) for NOX and 50 tpy for VOC.

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