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Maximum Achievable Control Technology

  • By: Lester de Souza
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

In the United States, the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) and the state-of-the-art (SOTA) control technologies are the highest standards of technology required by governmental regulation to minimize risks and to manage the effects of human actions. More specifically, MACT is the technology capable of reducing pollution to the greatest extent possible. The implications of MACT for green enterprises are significant as such considerations are important to environmental management systems. In the context of air quality requirements, the MACT is specified to obtain a reduction in residual risk beyond a base operating standard that may have harmful effects.

Specific or fixed standards in legislation or administrative regulations may be higher than the MACT standard. For instance, health concerns may require standards, like that of zero ...

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