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Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) III Hearings

The Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) standards were created to satisfy the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The NAAQS are established by the U.S 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 on or before August 3, 2018.

More details are available here

RACT III Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

The facilities listed below are seeking approval from the EPA for their proposed revised State Implementation Plan (SIP).

Public Hearings

All hearings will be held in the Waterfront room of DEP's Southwest Regional Office, located at 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Those wishing to provide comments at the hearings are asked to contact Thomas Joseph, Air Quality Engineering Manager at 412-442-4336. 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.

The hearing will be cancelled if there are no testifiers registered by the week before the hearing. Written comments for each facility will still be accepted to the DEP's Southwest Regional Office during the periods listed below.

Listed below are the facilities with the respective Pennsylvania Bulletin notice link.

Jessop Steel, LLC, Canton Township, Washington County – Public Hearing January 9, 2024, from 9:30 – 10:00 AM

Please register to speak at the hearing by January 2, 2024. Written comments may be submitted until January 8, 2024. 

Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage, Inc. (South Oakford Compressor Station), Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County – canceled – no requests received by 12/1

Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol. 53 Issue 45, November 11, 2023 (begins on page 7049)

Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage, Inc., Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County – Public Hearing - canceled - no requests received by 10/27.

Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol. 53 Issue 39, September 30, 2023 (begins on page 6076)

ETC Northeast Field Services, LLC, New Sewickley Township, Beaver County – Public Hearing - canceled – no requests received by 7/18.

Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol. 53 Issue 25, June 24, 2023 (begins on page 3352)

Information on hearings for other facilities will be posted here as it becomes available.