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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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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)
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
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)
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.
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)
IDEM Auto Salvage
Abstract: IDEM is addressing environmental problems originating from the auto salvage facility sector. IDEM's goal is to increase the auto salvage facility sector's compliance with the environmental laws and regulations that apply to the sector, thereby reducing the potential for pollution. This long-term project takes a comprehensive, integrated approach to the auto salvage facility sector in Indiana. The project includes a compliance assistance manual, workshops, and inspections.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
National Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse
Abstract: The clearinghouse provides quick access to compliance tools, contacts, and information on planned activities available on the internet from across the EPA as well as other compliance assistance providers.
Source: U.S. EPA
National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program
Abstract: EPA announced a national program August 11, 2006 that will help cut mercury air emissions by up to 75 tons over the next 15 years. The National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program is designed to remove mercury-containing light switches from scrap vehicles before the vehicles are flattened, shredded, and melted to make new steel. Together with existing state mercury switch recovery efforts, this program will significantly reduce mercury air emissions from the furnaces used in steel making -- the fourth leading source in the United States after coal-fired utility boilers, industrial boilers and gold mining. Under the program, automobile dismantlers will remove the mercury-containing light switches from scrap vehicles prior to the vehicles being flattened and then shredded at scrap recycling facilities. The program will also provide a financial incentive for those who remove mercury switches. The National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program is the result of a two-year collaborative effort involving EPA, the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Steel Manufacturers Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Automotive Recyclers Association, Environmental Defense, the Ecology Center (Ann Arbor), and representatives of the Environmental Council of the States. This portin of the EPA web includes a fact sheet on the program and the Memorandum of Understanding.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
North Carolina: H1136 (Ratified) Mercury Switch Bill
Abstract: Ratified bill from North Carolina for the reduction of the release of mercury into the environment by the removal, collection and recovery of mercury switches from certain motor vehicles. The funding for this comes from an increase in the fee for car title transfers and not payments from the automobile manufacturers.
Source: North Carolina General Assembly
Philadelphia Automotive Scrap Yard Compliance and Enforcement Program
Abstract: To address concerns about the environmental impact of auto salvage yards, the program was developed by the City of Philadelphia, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and with the assistance of various trade and organizations such as the Southwest Philadelphia Scrap Dealers Association, PARTS, and others. The aim of the task force is to educate and assist all those scrap yard operators eager and willing to comply with various laws and regulations. The program web site includes information on laws affecting scrap metal dealers; scrap metal, used auto parts and the environment; an environmental compliance screening checklist; frequently asked questions; and addtional information and contacts.
Source: City of Philadelphia Managing Director?s Office
Small Entity Compliance Guide: How the New Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Rule Affects Your Business [PDF]
Abstract: This guide outlines minimum federal requirements for motor vehicle waste disposal wells. The guide can help you figure out if you have a motor vehicle waste disposal well, understand how to comply with EPA?s requirements, and find additional sources of information. (PDF Format; Length: 33 pages)
Source: U.S. 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)
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Hub Last Updated: 8/2/2012