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Background and Overview
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Reasons for Change
Barriers to Change
Environmental Regulations
P2 Opportunities
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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
NOTE: [PDF] links require Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

Auto Body and Auto Maintenance Outreach
Abstract: This site contains facts sheets providing air quality requirements for auto repair shops, air quality rules, self-evaluation checklists, and an Automotive Compliance Calendar.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/programs/sbap-sectors.html#auto

Auto Mercury Switch Removal
Abstract: This portion of the U.S. EPA Region 5 web site contains links to information related to automotive mercury, including: information on how to find, remove, and replace mercury switches used in convenience lighting in various types of vehicles; guidance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on regulatory issues related to auto mercury switch removal; and information on NYSDEC programs to promote proper management of mercury-containing switches in autos.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 5
URL: http://www.epa.gov/perftrac/

Automobile Recycling
Abstract: Overview of Michigan DEQ's efforts to bring pollution prevention concepts to automobile recycling. Includes links to fact sheets and reports on their projects as well as links to other sites.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/1,1607,7-135-3585_4130-12580--,0
0.html

Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA)
Abstract: The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is an international trade association that represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the safe disposal of inoperable motor vehicles.
Source: ARA
URL: http://www.autorecyc.org/

CCAR-GreenLink Automotive Recycling and Salvage Yards Information
Abstract: This portion of the national automotive compliance assistance center web site provides links to federal, state, and county documents related to auto salvage. Also includes Canadian information.
Source: CCAR-GreenLink
URL: http://www.ccar-greenlink.org/Salvageyard/SalvageYard.htm

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Motor Vehicle Air Conditioner Disposal
Abstract: Air conditioning units in motor vehicles that contain refrigerants must be removed prior to disposal of the unit. This web page provides information on recycling vs. reclamation, recovering refrigerant during motor vehicle air conditioner disposal, five steps to insure compliance regarding refrigerants for motor vehicle salvage facilities, appliance recycling, a motor vehicle dismantling checklist, a verification of refrigerant removal form and resources for further information.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/cfc-mvairdis.html

Florida Automotive Recyclers? Handbook [PDF]
Abstract: This handbook includes: suggested best management practices for incoming cars, vehicle crushers and housekeeping, general waste management, vehicular fluids, filers, refrigerants, lead, mercury, scrap metal, waste tires, cleaning solutions, cleaners, other vehicular wastes, and process auto salvage wastes. Also included are information on spills, waste handling management and disposal practices, waste streams, waste reduction and pollution prevention, links and other resources for further information. Though information on regulations and contact information may apply only to Florida, the best management practices presented are applicable to any auto salvage yard. (PDF Format; Length: 53 pages)
Source: Florida DEP & Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
URL: http://www.floridacenter.org/brochures_bulletins/automotive_
recyclers_handbook.pdf

Green Cars?--A Guide to Cleaner Vehicle Production, Use and Disposal
Abstract: This portion of the Environmental Defense web site provides information on the various stages of a vehicle?s life cycle, and tips for pollution prevention at each stage. Stages include: raw materials extraction/processing; pre-assembly manufacturing; vehicle assembly; vehicle use; and end-of-life vehicle management. Includes information on extended producer responsibility. Copyright 2004 Environmental Defense.
Source: Environmental Defense
URL: http://www.edf.org/transportation/cars-and-environment

Guide for Salvage Yard Owners [PDF]
Abstract: This 13-page guide provides requirements and best management practices for auto salvage yards. Includes information on secondary containment, used oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze, storage tanks, used tires, old batteries, chlorofluorocarbons, mercury, storm water permits, and a DEQ district office map.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
URL: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-tas-salvyard.pd
f

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
Abstract: ISRI is the trade association of the scrap processing and recycling industry. It represents 1,300 companies that process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, and textiles. Suppliers of equipment and services to this industry complete ISRI's membership. A primary association objective is to bring about a greater awareness of the industry's role in conserving the future through recycling and in increasing recycling by promoting Design for Recycling®. It aims to help the scrap recycling industry develop in a sound, environmentally responsive manner and to foster public awareness of and appreciation for the value of the industry in the nation's production of goods and services. Its headquarters and 21 chapters represent its interests to the Executive Branch, Capitol Hill, and every state legislature. The association also exists to provide training and education to its members through seminars, workshops, roundtables, an annual convention and exposition, publications, and audiovisuals. It provides public education about the benefits of recycling, as well. Visit the ISRI web site for contact information for chapters throughout the Great Lakes region.
Source: ISRI
URL: http://www.isri.org/

ISRI Policy Position?Automotive Mercury Switches
Abstract: This policy statement explains the ISRI stance that to the maximum extent possible, mercury switches should be removed from end-of-life vehicles prior to being delivered to a scrap processing facility. ISRI also believes that automotive manufacturers should make every effort possible to design mercury out of automobiles. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
URL: http://www.isri.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home1§ion=Po
licy_Statements1&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&Content
FileID=1345

Mercury Reduction Programs Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), a searchable database that includes descriptions of mercury reduction programs underway around the U.S. Each profile provides a brief description of the project, its title, a list of products affected, program results, sources of funding, and contact information. The database may be searched by state, program title or agency. An online form is available for submission of information on programs not currently included in the database.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/programs/

Mercury Use?Automotive Sector [PDF]
Abstract: The Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook was designed as a working document to help guide communities through the process of writing comprehensive community mercury reduction plans. This section of the SourceBook contains: information on mercury-containing products unique to the automotive industry as well as products used in other sectors; case studies; action ideas; a sample proclamation that explains the mercury issue and possible mercury minimization options for the automotive industry; and current mercury projects within this industry. (PDF Format; Length: 21 pages)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/auto.pdf

National Automotive Compliance Assistance Center (CCAR GreenLink)
Abstract: CCAR-GreenLink®, the National Automotive Environmental Compliance Assistance Center, is available 24 hours a day to help persons engaged in automotive service, collision repair and other sectors of the automotive industry better understand their environmental responsibilities, and to help them achieve compliance with environmental program requirements. This information can help shop owners, managers and technicians decide on management strategies, technologies, materials, and methods that will reduce business costs and help manage hazardous wastes and related items. The web site includes virtual shop tours, a pollution prevention (P2) center, environmental checklists, state contacts, Spanish and Canadian documents, information on the Environmental Results Program and Superfund, frequently asked questions, news, links, and a section devoted to auto recycling.
Source: CCAR
URL: http://www.ccar-greenlink.org/

Putting the Brakes on Quicksilver: Removing Mercury From Vehicles in Ohio [PDF]
Abstract: This report addresses an additional important source of mercury, for which a small window of opportunity remains for a simple pollution prevention action: mercury containing switches in vehicles. Written by Michael W. Murray, Ph.D. with research assistance by Knoll Larkin and Liz Szaluta of the University of Michigan. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: National Wildlife Federation
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/docs/NWF-OH-AutoSwitchReport.pdf

State Mercury Car Switch Initiatives
Abstract: Automobiles have historically used mercury-containing switches. The chemical and physical properties of mercury are used in mechanisms to turn on the hood, trunk, or door lights when they are opened, and/or to operate some anti-lock brake systems (ABS systems). While most manufacturers are committed to designing new cars without mercury in the switches, the problem remains for all of the mercury switches contained in cars on the road today. Unless programs are in place to collect these mercury switches before the automobiles get crushed and recycled, mercury can be released into the air, soil and water during crushing, or from subsequent management in electric arc furnaces (EAFs). A number of state regulatory agencies have raised concerns regarding the use of mercury switches in automobiles and have taken steps to address this problem through legislative efforts, pilot projects and outreach campaigns. This portion of the U.S. EPA web site lists descriptions of state car switch programs throughout the U.S., with links to program web sites where available.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/mercury/carswich.htm

Steel Recycling Institute
Abstract: The Steel Recycling Institute web site includes an entire section on steel recycled from automobiles. Note: this web site is in frames format. To access the automobile related information, select ?Publications? from the navigation bar on the left. Then select ?Cars? from the menu across the top of the screen. The resulting page provides an overview of the steel and iron used in automobiles, with links to more specific information on the recycled content of automobiles and the basics of automobile recycling. This page also provides information and links to more specific information on recycling used oil filters and steel tire wire recycling.
Source: Steel Recycling Institute
URL: http://www.recycle-steel.org/

U.S. EPA: Human Health Research Program
Abstract: EPA's Human Health Research Program offers this Web site on the latest information on its research to protect public health. The program's science looks at such questions as why some people are more sensitive to pollution and how exposure to chemicals affects people's health. The site is designed for the general public as well as for the scientific community. The site provides easy access to research and results on methods, tools, and data needed to improve risk assessments to protect the public. Visitors to the site will find an overview of the research, information on how research has contributed to decision making, resource materials available in journal publications and reports, and a listing of meetings and conferences.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hhrp/

Vehicle Dismantling Procedures [PDF]
Abstract: Fluid spills are most likely to occur while dismantling, draining or storing vehicles, parts and cores. Proper dismantling, draining and storage procedures help prevent pollution, such as fluids seeping into ground water, waste contact with stormwater run-off or air conditioning refrigerant escaping into the air. This fact sheet discusses proper motor vehicle dismantling procedures for repair and salvage industries. (Length: 2 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/pubs/4_63.pdf

 


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