In the January 3, 2017 New Jersey Register, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed rules addressing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The proposed new rules amend New Jersey’s Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) obligations for the 2008 Eight-Hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. These rules address VOC emissions from industrial cleaning solvents; miscellaneous metal and plastic parts coatings; paper, film, and foil coatings; and fiberglass boat manufacturing materials. NOx emissions from natural gas-fired engines and simple cycle turbines used to transfer gaseous fuels are also subject to the proposed rules. Public comments will be accepted through March 4, 2017.
The proposed and amended rules for VOCs would incorporate the recommendations from four Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for industrial cleaning solvents; miscellaneous metal and plastic parts coatings; paper, film, and foil coatings; and fiberglass boat manufacturing materials.
The proposed rules also address NOx RACT requirements by establishing limits on NOx emissions from existing simple cycle combustion turbines combusting natural gas and compressing gaseous fuel at major NOx facilities (compressor turbines) and stationary reciprocating engines combusting natural gas and compressing gaseous fuel at major NOx facilities (compressor engines).
NJ DEP, Proposed rule, Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution by Volatile Organic Compounds and Oxides of Nitrogen, 49 N.J.R. 14(a), January 3, 2017