EPA Auto Body Refinishing RegulationPosted 3/11/2008
By Robert L. Redding, Jr.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its automotive refinishing regulation. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is providing the following overview of the regulation to familiarize auto body repairers with the topics included in the final regulation. The regulation in its entirety can be reviewed on ASA's Legislative Web site, www.TakingtheHill.com, or a downloadable two-page summary of this regulation is available in the Members Only section of the ASA Web site, www.ASAshop.org.
What Is the New EPA Regulation?
The new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation provides for equipment and training restrictions for those engaged in the surface coating of motor vehicles and mobile equipment that are an area source of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
Does This Apply to Me?
This regulation applies to all auto body shops in the United States. Surface coatings performed by individuals on their personal vehicles, possessions or property - either as a hobby or for maintenance of their personal vehicles - are exempt from this regulation. The regulation also does not apply to operations performed by individuals for others without compensation.
An individual who spray applies surface coatings on more than two motor vehicles or pieces of mobile equipment per year is subject to the requirements of this regulation.
When Does This Regulation Go into Effect?
Shops that began construction after Sept. 17, 2007, must be in compliance by the start of operations. Existing shops must comply within three years after Jan. 9, 2008.
What Are the Equipment Requirements?
All surface coating operations are required to have the following:
What Are the Training Requirements?
What Do I Have to Do?
Shops must submit an initial notification to the U.S. EPA unless the EPA's delegated authority for implementation of the regulation is your state or local air pollution control agency.
The notification must include:
If you are a new shop, the notification must be submitted no later than 180 days after initial startup. For existing shops, the initial notification must be submitted within two years after Jan., 9, 2008.
What Types of Records Am I Required to Maintain?
All sources must keep records sufficient to demonstrate that they are in compliance at all times. These include:
For more information, please contact:
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