The BACT Workshop is a comprehensive training course for permit writers, management, and counsel to PSD permitting authorities.  It covers all significant BACT issues such as evaluating technical feasibility; identifying and evaluating environmental impacts; determining, weighing, and applying cost effectiveness and other measures of economic impacts for alternative air pollution control techniques; and establishing clear and enforceable emission limitations representing BACT.  This course provides a thorough review of legislative history, statutory and regulatory provisions, interpretive guidance, and pertinent case law.  Considerations specific to BACT for greenhouse gases will be covered.  In addition to lecture, the workshop includes both individual and group exercises.

Main Course Topics:

  • BACT Background
  • Applicability of BACT
  • Determining BACT
  • Establishing BACT in a PSD Permit
  • Evolution of Top Down Process
  • Avoiding and Handling Comments and Objections
  • Roles of State, USEPA, Federal Land Managers, Public
  • GHG BACT and discussion
  • State specific regulations for minor sources

Intended Audience: Relatively experienced permit writers whose duties include reviewing PSD permit applications and making BACT determinations; decision-makers with respect to agency policies pertaining to BACT; and attorneys responsible for defending PSD permits and BACT determinations.

Instructors for the course are:

  • Colin Campbell
  • Gary McCutchen



Virginia DEQ (Central Office Location)
2nd Floor, Conference Room C
629 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219



Registrations are due to MARAMA by December 31, 2011.  There is no registration fee for state and local air quality agenices.

Virgnia DEQ staff should go through your state learning manaagement system to register.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Alice Lutrey at alutrey(at) or Joan Walstrum at jwaltrum(at) or 443-901-1882 .