West Richland Neighborhood as seen from above

EPA Source Rules

NASCAR driver Jeff Cordon explains the importance of keeping auto body shops running clean.

EPA’s website includes a training video starring NASCAR driver Jeff Cordon, and features testimonies from large and small shop owners including:

  • Paint Strip Rule
  • Best practices
  • Saving money
  • Worker protection
  • Outreach resources

Get to know the new source rules

From 2008 through 2010, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed a number of area source regulations for the control of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs*).

These new area source rules that may impact businesses in Benton County. Below you will find information on the different rules, links to the rules on EPA’s website as well as notification forms.

The most recent final area source regulations that affect known facilities in Benton County are:

Area Source Boilers

Compliance Timeline for Existing Sources:

  • March 21, 2012 – Sources subject to a tune-up work practice or management practice standard must demonstrate compliance.
  • March 21, 2014 – Sources subject to an emission limit must demonstrate compliance.
  • March 21, 2014 – Sources subject to the energy assessment requirement must complete the energy assessment.

Compliance Timeline for New Sources:

  • May 20, 2011 – Must demonstrate compliance with all requirements of the rule upon startup of the affected source.

Gasoline Distribution Bulk Terminals, Bulk Plants, and Pipeline Facilities.

Gasoline Dispensing Facilities

Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources.

Please note that this rule includes most AutoBody Shops.

New EPA regulations for Paint Stripping, and Miscellaneous Painting Operations, including Autobody Refinishing Operations * 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH* June 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has new requirements to reduce air pollution of metals such as chrome, lead, cadmium, manganese and nickel compounds, and also to reduce methylene chloride fumes, from paint stripping and spray painting operations, including autobody painting operations. These compounds pose health risks to anyone who breathes the air when these fumes are present. Many paints and materials used in painting and paint stripping operations contain these compounds. The new regulations require painting and paint stripping businesses to do several things to reduce emissions of these compounds.

Hospital Ethylene Oxide Sterilizers

Nine Metal Fabrication and Finishing Source Categories

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