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Reducing Air Pollution Together Initiative

Thank you for visiting the Reducing Air Pollution Together Initiative (RAPT) web site. This Initiative has now come to a close. The initiative was a collaborative effort for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to work jointly with the public and other interested parties to determine potential air emission reduction strategies.

The website for the RAPT effort has been scaled down to a summary of the overall initiative, including each workgroups’ final reports and the NJDEP’s white papers. The email lists for the workgroups were combined into one listserv. This listserv may be used by the NJDEP to communicate general news, events, and information from the NJDEP’s Air Program. If you would like to be removed from this list, please send an email to with ‘Remove’ in the subject line.

The NJDEP commenced the effort by hosting a public workshop on June 29, 2005. At the workshop, six workgroups were formed to focus on key sources of emissions resulting in nonattainment of federal air quality standards and to recommend control strategies to reduce these emissions. The workgroups met over the summer of 2005 and developed potential air emission control strategies.  Reports containing these recommendations for further consideration were submitted to the NJDEP on October 31, 2005. Please find the reports listed below:

The workgroups presented a summary of their recommendations for further consideration to the NJDEP Air Quality Management Team on November 14, 2005.  The NJDEP provided an update on the State’s efforts to attain and maintain the new federal health-based and visibility standards, including the review of the workgroup recommendations, at the workshop on May 17, 2006. The NJDEP then developed white papers on the most promising emission control strategies for the State and solicited public comment on these white papers. The NJDEP received a total of 67 individual comments from 24 different individuals or organizations covering 37 of the 60 posted white papers. After reviewing and taking into consideration the comments received on the white papers, the NJDEP revised or updated the white papers as needed. The revised versions of the white papers are posted next to the original versions.

The recommendations generated by the RAPT workgroups were used to develop emission control strategies to help New Jersey meet the existing ozone, particulate matter, and regional haze goals. Many workgroup recommendations were further evaluated and developed into white papers. These were used to help develop the State’s 2007 8-hour ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (, the 2007 PM2.5 SIP for the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (, and the Regional Haze SIP ( These white papers will continue to be used as a resource for the NJDEP as it addresses on-going air quality issues, including revised ozone and fine particulate matter health standards.

We would encourage you to continue to check the Department’s website for updates on activities in the Air Program. Thank you again for your continuing support.