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About the Collision Repair Campaign

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Collision Repair Campaign overview

The Collision Repair Campaign is a voluntary effort aimed at reducing exposure to toxic air emissions from collision repair shops. The Campaign helps shops work toward compliance with EPA's Auto Body Rule.

The Campaign was developed for the collision repair industry because: 

  • Communities identified shops as an environmental and health concern.
  • Shops are widespread in nature and tend to be clustered in minority, immigrant, and low income neighborhoods.
  • Many shops are not in compliance with existing occupational and environmental regulations.
  • Small shops may not use standard methods for auto body repair and painting. As a result, these shops do not comply with accepted industry practices or current control technologies. 

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Campaign goals

The goals of the Collision Repair Campaign include: 

  • Reducing the negative environmental and health impacts on employees and surrounding communities by reducing hazardous air pollutants (HAP, also known as air toxics), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and particulate matter (PM) emissions.
  • Providing training, technical assistance, and outreach to local communities and shop owners about established best management and pollution prevention practices.
  • Offering information about the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources Rule and encouraging compliance.

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Auto Body Rule

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources Rule (Subpart HHHHHH) aims to control air emissions from paint stripping and surface coating operations. The information below is intended to help collision repair shops comply with the regulations.

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