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​​Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) II

The Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) standards were created to satisfy the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The NAAQS are established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the maximum concentrations in the atmosphere for specific air contaminants to protect public health and welfare. The RACT requirements apply statewide to the owner or operator of any major Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emitting facility, any major Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emitting facility or both when the installation/modification of the source(s) occurred before July 20, 2012.

PA DEP is proposing to reopen the Title V operating permits for cause to add the newly applicable requirements contained in 40 CFR § 52.2065 for each of the facilities identified below and will be seeking approval from EPA through a revised State Implementation Plan. The proposed revisions are intended to satisfy the requirements for the 1997 and 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.

Public Hearings

All hearings for facilities seeking SIP revisions will be held in DEP's Northwest Regional Office, located at 230 Chestnut Street Meadville, PA 16335. Those wishing to provide comments at the hearings are asked to contact Tom Decker, Regional Communications Manager, at 814-332-6615 at least one week prior to each hearing. Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes per individual and two written copies of the oral testimony are requested. Each organization is asked to designate one presenter per group. If there is no public interest in a particular facility, the hearing will be canceled. Written comments for each facility will still be accepted to the DEP's Northwest Regional Office during the periods listed below.

Information on hearings for other facilities will be posted here as they become available.

The RACT Hearings for Keystone- Conemaugh Projects, LLC Keystone and Conemaugh Stations and the Homer City Station which were scheduled for February 28, 2024 have been canceled because the Department did not receive any request for a hearing by February 21, 2024 as stated in the public notices.

Keystone-Conemaugh Projects, LLC / Keystone Station (Keystone Station)
Pennsylvania BulletinVol. 54, NO. 4, January 27, 2024 (Special notice begins on Bulletin page 469)

The Department’s review memos and draft permit for the review are listed in the following documents.

Keystone-Conemaugh Projects, LLC / Conemaugh Station (Conemaugh Station)
Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol. 54, NO. 4, January 27, 2024 (Special notice begins on Bulletin page 470)

The Department’s review memos and draft permit for the review are listed in the following documents.

Homer City Generation (Homer City)
Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol. 54, NO. 4, Janu​ary 27, 2024 (Special notice begins on Bulletin page 471)

The Department’s review memos and draft permit for the review are listed in the following documents.