The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held a public consultation meeting on November 8, 2017, for the Regional Clean Air Incentives (RECLAIM) program (Regulation XX). The meeting discussed Proposed Amended Rule (PARs) 2001 - Applicability and Rule 2002 - Allocations for Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Oxides of Sulfur (SOx). The purpose of this meeting was to continue the development of the RECLAIM Transition Plan for the termination of the RECLAIM program within 5 to 8 years (by 2025).
In March 2017, the SCAQMD Governing Board adopted the Final 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), which began the transition to sunset the RECLAIM program and transition facilities to a command-and-control regulatory structure requiring Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) as soon as practicable. Rule 2001 specifies inclusion criteria into the RECLAIM program for new and existing facilities, as well as for facilities that elect to enter into the program. Rule 2002 establishes the methodology for calculating RECLAIM facility allocations and adjustments to RECLAIM Trading Credit (RTC) holdings for NOx and SOx. These changes are also part of an SCAQMD effort to comply with Assembly Bill 617, which places priority on older, higher polluting units that will need to install retrofit controls.
For more information regarding compliance with the proposed rule changes, please contact our Irvine office at (949) 567-9880 or visit the District's website.