Compliance Assistance & Pollution Prevention in New England
Automotive Repair and Auto Body Assistance Program
EPA New England is seeking partnerships to provide outreach on new Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements impacting auto body shops that became effective January 10, 2011. We are eager to work with auto body shops, trade associations, vocational technical schools, paint vendors and other suppliers as well as states, municipalities, and community groups and others to provide information to any sources impacted by these new regulations. Please contact us to express your interest in organizing a workshop in your area. We can come to your events and provide materials and information as well as certification for spray technicians who receive classroom training on the requirements of the new CAA rule.
For more information, contact:
|Roy Crystal (Crystal.Roy@epa.gov)
Tools to Help you Achieve Compliance with New CAA Requirements
Auto Body Shops – Important Compliance Dates:
In addition to the dates above, the following is a summary of the requirements set forth by the new federal Clean Air Act requirements:
Please note: Review thoroughly. You can apply to be exempted from the new rule if you eliminate use of coatings containing chromium, lead, cadmium, nickel or manganese. If you use a product containing methylene chloride (also known as dichloromethane) to strip or remove paint, you are subject to additional requirements.
Questions regarding exemptions or whether the regulation applies to an operation should be directed to our Regional Air Toxics Coordinator Susan Lancey at email@example.com or (617) 918-1656. If you wish to submit a petition for exemption from the Rule, please send your petition for exemption from the Rule and documentation supporting your petition (e.g. a description of your coatings and certification statement) to:
Free 19 minute training video (Windows Media File) (59MB) starring NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon features testimonies from large and small shop owners and includes information on the Paint Strip Rule, best practices, saving money, worker protection, and outreach resources.
- DfE: Best Shop Practices
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