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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)
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/

Compliance Manual for Indiana's Auto Salvage Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this manual is to provide the auto salvage facility sector with concise, comprehensive environmental regulatory information in an easy-to-use format. This manual contains information concerning the various environmental rules with which auto salvage facilities must comply and for which IDEM has jurisdiction. (PDF Format; Length: 88 pages)
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
URL: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-tas-usedoil.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/catalog/documents/oppta/vehicle_manua
l.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/autorecyclersmanual.p
df

Environmental Compliance Guide for Motor Vehicle Salvage Yards [PDF]
Abstract: This guidebook summarizes some of the major environmental requirements that could apply to your auto salvage business. Covers Ohio regulations. Includes information about the regulations governing air pollution control, open burning, secondary containment, wastewater discharge, storm water permits, and underground storgae tanks at auto salvage yards. Also includes information on mercury switches, lead acid batteries, used oil, antifreeze and hazardous wastes. Many of the strategies suggested apply to all states. (Length: 40 pages)
Source: Ohio EPA Small Business Assistance Office
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/sb/publications/salvageguid
e.pdf

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

Guidance on Retrofitting to HFC-134a
Abstract: This document describes special procedures required to convert an R-12 (freon) vehicle air conditioning system to use an alternative refrigerant. It includes some facts about aftermarket options and procedures for retrofitting a vehicle's air conditioning system to HFC-134a (R-134a).
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Ozone/title6/609/technicians/retrguid.htm
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Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1110
Abstract: Effective July 1, 2006, this act requires manufacturers of motor vehicles offered for sale in Indiana to develop and implement a plan to remove, collect, recover, and recycle or dispose of certain mercury switches from end of life vehicles (except those motor vehicle manufacturers that have never installed mercury switches in their motor vehicles). Also requires motor vehicle recyclers to remove all mercury switches from end of life vehicles and provides for a payment out of the solid waste management fund (SWMF) to a motor vehicle recycler for each mercury switch removed.
Source: Indiana General Assembly
URL: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2006/HE/HE1110.1.html

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

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Ozone/title6/609/justfax.html

Management of Materials and Wastes From Salvage Yard Operations
Abstract: This fact sheet is provided to assist salvage yard owners and operators in the proper collection, reuse, recycling, removal and disposal of materials recovered as a result of salvage yard operations. It discusses the requirements of state and federal law dealing with environmental matters, but does not discuss other state agency or local permits that may be required. This fact sheet includes information on: burning wastes; automotive fluids handling; tires; batteries; drums/containers; appliances; and wastewater runoff. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
URL: http://164.156.71.80/VWRQ.asp?docid=0442d740780d000000000b5a
00000b5a&context=2&backlink=WXOD.aspx%3ffs%3d0442d740780
d00008000000000000000%26ft%3d7

Managing Mercury Switches: Information for Auto Recyclers
Abstract: This fact sheet explains why mercury is a problem, which vehicles contain mercury, where mercury switches are located in vehicles, how the switches are removed, and how to store and recycle the switches. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Assistance Office
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=KrR73BK
TZ5M%3D&tabid=4393

Mercury Contamination From Metal Scrap Processing Facilities
Abstract: This Ohio EPA report, written by Radicha Sastry, James Orlemann, P.E. and Paul Koval, shows significant mercury emissions at electric arc furnaces resulting from mercury in scrap, and a relationship between scrap type and mercury emissions. (PDF Format; Length: 10 pages)
Source: Ohio EPA
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=UUSMdsm
%2FrWs%3D&tabid=2818

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

Mercury?Automotive Topic Hub
Abstract: This primer is intended as a quick guide to the essential pollution prevention information on mercury in automobiles, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources. It includes background information on the sources of mercury in automobiles, information on collection programs and alternative products, guidelines for handlings, recycling, disposal and dealing with spills, and a database of mercury reduction programs. The primer was developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) as part of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) national Topic Hub project. For more information on this project, see www.p2rx.org.
Source: NEWMOA and P2Rx
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/hubs/toc.cfm?hub=104&subsec=7&nav=7

MI: Management Guidance for Antifreeze [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides information on regulations and proper management of antifreeze in the state of Michigan. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
URL: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-tas-antifrez.pd
f

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/609/index.html

Motor Vehicle Salvage Facility Environmental Compliance Manual [PDF]
Abstract: MPCA created this manual to help salvage yard owners, operators and employees manage and dispose of waste in an environmentally safe way. This manual offers a wide range of waste management techniques. Included are chapters on: general operating procedures; draining, dismantling and storage practices; and waste handling, storage and disposal practices. (PDF Format; Length: 92 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/manuals/salvageyard-
manual.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/switch.htm

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
URL: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/HTML/H
1136v8.html

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)
URL: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/sb/switch_removal_program.h
tml

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
URL: http://www.moea.state.mn.us/publications/autoPSreport.pdf

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

Questions & Answers on Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning
Abstract: This fact sheet answers questions that are frequently asked in letters and phone calls to the U.S. EPA and the Ozone Protection hotline. The questions are split into those asked by consumers and auto service technicians, but all of the questions may be useful to both groups. This information is useful to the salvage industry for recognizing which vehicles contain freon, and for information on retrofitting a salvaged vehicle prior to sale.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/609/wantknow.html

Regulatory Compliance and Pollution Prevention Tips for Automotive Repair and Autobody Shops
Abstract: This publication is intended to provide a general understanding of the statutory and regulatory requirements governing automotive repair and autobody shops in Illinois. Information on wastes is relevant to salvage yards.
Source: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/small-business/automotive-repair-
shops/index.html

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Ozone/title6/609/technicians/609certs.htm
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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

Toxics in Vehicles: Mercury, Implications for Recycling and Disposal [PDF]
Abstract: Produced by the Clean Car Campaign of the Ecology Center, Great Lakes United, and the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, this report examines the use of mercury in automobiles and estimates its releases to the environment from end-of-life vehicle (ELV) processing. It holds that emissions from vehicle recycling and disposal practices are one of the largest sources of mercury contamination to the environment. The report examines strategies for cleaner production and proposes key policy solutions to eliminate mercury hazards from new and existing vehicles. (PDF Format; Length: 76 pages)
Source: Clean Car Campaign
URL: http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/pdfs/toxicsinvehicles_mercur
y.pdf

Training on Retrofitting to R-134a
Abstract: This web page provides a list of training programs on R-134a motor vehicle air conditioning retrofitting, and contact information for the organizations providing the training. Also provides links to other training information resources.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Ozone/title6/609/technicians/rettrain.htm
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Transportation Services and the Environment
Abstract: This portion of the MPCA web site includes checklists and fact sheets about proper handling and disposal of materials related to auto repair facilities. Includes information on air bags, air conditioning, antifreeze and filters, lead-acid batteries, brakes and clutches, computers and circuit boards, vehicle dismantling procedures, fuels, lighting, oil and filters, mercury switches, scrap metal, catalytic converters, wheel weights, stormwater and wastewater concerns, solvents, spills, tanks, tires, vehicle storage and more. The fact sheets are available in PDF format.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/industry/ts-main.html

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/

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Ozone/snap/refrigerants/mt31fact.html

 


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