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A Discussion of MACT Standards as They Relate to Agriculture

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  034022,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.15026) @2003
Authors:   Gregory W. Zwicke, Michael T. Meister
Keywords:   Air Quality, Air Pollution, Maximum Achievable Control Technology, Hazardous Air Pollution

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated (or will promulgate) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for certain source categories. These standards, otherwise known as Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards, are intended to protect the public health by requiring existing and new major sources of hazardous air pollutants to control emissions of these pollutants. Several of the Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards have a direct impact on sources in the agriculture and forest products industries.

New and existing affected sources at major source facilities are subject to emissions control and work practice requirements. This paper provides an overview of the standards, control requirements, test methods and compliance procedures, inspection and monitoring requirements, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements that apply to several affected sources in the agriculture and forest products industries. Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards require facilities to more effectively monitor parameters related to emissions of hazardous air pollutants. However, facilities that proactively implement site-friendly methods of demonstrating compliance with Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards can potentially reap operational benefits.

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