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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Automotive Maintenance Products Facts [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet discusses the potential harmful effects, proper disposal and proper storage of automotive materials including: transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper solution.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Code of Federal Regulations - Title 40 Part 152
Abstract: Pesticide registration and classification procedures.
Source: GPO Access
Compliance Manual for Indiana's Vehicle Maintenance Shops [PDF]
Abstract: This manual outlines compliance requirements and provides waste prevention and minimization strategies for vehicle maintenance shops. From this web page, you may download the entire manual in PDF format (230 pages, 1359K) or individual sections of the manual in PDF format.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for Automobile Recyclers [PDF]
Abstract: This guide is designed to inform automobile recyclers about registrations, permits and regulations pertinent to the industry, and to aid automobile recyclers in developing pollution prevention measures that can minimize waste and promote environmental compliance. (PDF Format; Length: 44 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
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
Just the Facts for MVACs: EPA Regulatory Requirements for Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners
Abstract: This fact sheet describes the impact of MVACs on the ozone layer and defines recycling and reclamation of refrigerant. Also includes information on the proper handling, recordkeeping requirements, certification requirements, and sales restrictions that apply to CFC-12 (freon), and refrigerant substitutes such as HFC-134a.
Source: U.S. EPA
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.
Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning
Abstract: This portion of the U.S. EPA web site includes information for service technicians and car & truck owners, as well as information on retrofitting A/C systems, initiatives to reduce refrigerant emissions, links to several fact sheets and regulatory information.
Source: U.S. EPA
Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning: Servicing Farm and Heavy-Duty Equipment
Abstract: This fact sheet should help owners and servicers of farm and heavy-duty equipment understand how the Clean Air Act governs the servicing of MVAC-like appliances--the term used in the Act for open-drive compressor appliances used to cool the driver's or passenger's compartment of non-road motor vehicles, such as agricultural, construction, mining or quarry equipment.
Source: U.S. EPA
Ohio's Voluntary Mercury Switch Removal Program for Auto Recyclers
Abstract: The Ohio mercury switch removal program for auto recyclers is sponsored in a partnership between Ohio EPA and the End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS) as part of the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program. The program encourages recycling and helping to reduce mercury releases to air, water and soil, which can endanger both the environment and public health. This program is completely voluntary. Auto recyclers who participate will receive $3.00 for every switch turned in for as long as program funding remains available.
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Product Stewardship Opportunities Within the Automotive Industry [PDF]
Abstract: This report presents information on the vehicle design process, materials used in vehicles and some of the trends in materials used. It also describes factors that can influence materials used, and presents challenges and opportunities to address materials of concern, recyclable materials and recycled-content in vehicles. Prepared for the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA) by Five Winds International. (PDF Format; Length: 151 pages)
Source: MOEA and Five Winds International
Section 609 Technician Certification Programs
Abstract: Section 609 covers technician certification in the motor vehicle sector only. Becoming certified allows you to: (1) perform refrigerant servicing of vehicles with R-12, R-134a, or blend refrigerants; and (2) purchase R-12 and ozone-depleting blend substitutes for R-12 (right now, all blends are ozone-depleting). This portion of the EPA web site lists contact information, and where available, links to certification programs.
Source: U.S. EPA
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Final Rule Summary
Abstract: This page provides a summary of the Significant New Alternatives Policy for ozone depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Anyone who produces a substitute must provide the Agency with health and safety studies, as well as notify the Agency at least 90 days before introducing it into interstate commerce for use as an alternative. This requirement applies to chemical manufacturers, but may include importers, formulators or end-users when they are responsible for introducing a substitute into commerce.
Source: U.S. EPA
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)
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)
Use of MT-31 and MT-31-1 Prohibited Under EPA?s SNAP Program
Abstract: MT-31 was deemed acceptable as a refrigerant substitute for CFC-12 (and HCFC-22) by EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program on June 3, 1997. Since that date, EPA has become aware of potentially adverse health risks from overexposure to a chemical contained in MT-31 and MT-31-1. Information on safe handling of these refrigerant substitutes is provided.
Source: U.S. EPA
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)
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