On September 5, 2018, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) released an initial staff report and individual project scopes for the District's plan to implement Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) on certain emission sources, as required by Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617). In addition to sources subject to the Cap-and-Trade program as required by AB 617, BAAQMD has indicated that sources outside of the Cap-and-Trade program may be subject to the new BARCT rules, which are aimed at reducing emissions of particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOX), reactive organic gases (ROG), and sulfur dioxide (SO2).

Notably, in these newly released documents, BAAQMD has refined the number of source types identified for expedited BARCT implementation from the District's previous scoping plan, which initially identified nine source types. The refined list of six source types, listed below, will be addressed under the BAAQMD's expedited BARCT implementation schedule, with rule development beginning as soon as Q4 2018 for some source types.

Figure - Expedited BARCT Implementation Schedule

The BAAQMD will be accepting comments on the initial staff report and project scopes through October 5, 2018, which may be submitted to djoe@baaqmd.gov . Interested parties can follow the BAAQMD's BARCT implementation development on the District's website . For any questions regarding AB 617, please contact Divya Agarwal at dagarwal@trinityconsultants.com or (510) 285-6351.