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PCRC Plain Guide to the Regulations - Air Emissions. The PCRC plain language guide for air emissions covers the following topics:

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Metal Fabrication and Finishing Area Source Rule (40 CFR part 63, subpart XXXXXX). The Subpart 6X rule covers spray painting, dry abrasive blasting, dry grinding and dry polishing with machines, dry machining, and welding for specific industry categories. The compliance date for existing facilities is July 25, 2011.

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart HHHHHH). The 6H rule is applicable to a broad range of facilities, including autobody refinishers. The compliance deadline for existing sources is January 10, 2011.

Applicability Determination Index. A web-based database that contains memoranda issued by EPA on applicability and compliance issues associated with air pollution regulations (e.g., Maximum Achievable Control Technology).

NESHAP Halogenated Solvent Cleaning—May 2007 Revisions. On May 3, 2007, EPA published the first significant change in these rules since the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for solvent cleaning operations was published in 1994.

PCRC VOC/HAP Emissions Calculators. Learn more about the calculators by reading Understanding and Using the PCRC Emissions Calculators.

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). Status of NESHAPS (listed in alphabetical order) and points of contact at U.S. EPA. Note: NESHAP for area source categories are included in this table and are also available on the Area Source Program Page.

Air Pollution State Resource Locator. Find state and regional air regulatory agencies and rules.

Ask the Expert Archive of Questions and Answers. We are sorry to report that Ron Joseph, our paint expert for many years, passed away in January of 2011. We are maintaining his large Q&A archive.

PCRC Technical Database. Search the database by keywords to find painting-related articles.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). Locate someone in your state that can provide environmental compliance assistance at no charge for your small business.

Solid/Hazardous Waste

PCRC Plain Language Guides to Regulations – Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal. The PCRC plain language guide for hazardous waste covers the following topics:

RCRA/Hazardous Waste Resource Locator. The rules for managing hazardous waste can vary from state to state. Find your state's regulations, along with permit forms, guidance, contact information and other helpful resources.

Universal Waste Resource Locator. Some common items (batteries, pesticides, etc.) may be exempt from hazardous waste rules. Find out which items are designated as Universal Wastes in your state, link to state regulations, and local contacts at state agencies.

TSD & Recycling Facilities Locator. Use this on-line directory for locating hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) and recycling facilities.

EPA Regulatory Determinations. Organic coating-specific EPA RCRA determinations.

Waste Analysis at Facilities That Generate, Treat, Store, and Dispose of Hazardous Wastes: A Guidance Manual, Final. Also known as the Waste Analysis Plan (WAP) Guidance, this document updates the 1994 version and is used to provide guidance on how to develop and implement WAPs suitable for managing hazardous wastes in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), assist federal and state permit writers in evaluating submitted WAPs, and assist enforcement personnel in determining whether a facility is in compliance with their testing requirements.

EPA releases e-Manifest Compliance Assistance Tools. EPA established a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. This system, known as “e-Manifest,” will modernize the nation’s cradle-to-grave hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources, and dollars for industry and states. EPA launched e-Manifest on June 30, 2018. Under the e-Manifest Act and EPA's implementing regulations, manifest users may continue to use paper manifests, however, EPA strongly encourages the use of electronic manifests as these manifests will be the least expensive and easiest way to comply with the regulations.

EPA has developed various resources to assist waste generators. These include the following:


PCRC Plain Language Guides to Regulations – Wastewater Discharges. The PCRC plain language guide for water/wastewater covers the following topics:

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) - Painting facilities are subject to the SPCC rule if they have aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons, or completely buried oil storage capacity greater than 42,000 U.S. gallons.

Stormwater Rules. A guide for painting facilities for meeting Phase II stormwater regulations.

Industrial Storm Water Resource Locator. Find stormwater permit forms and guidance documents for industrial facilities, and persons you can contact in your state agency for additional assistance.

Storm Water Training Resource Locator. Do you need to find information on Storm Water Training? Find storm water training resources available in your state with this tool.

Total Maximum Daily Load Resource Locator. Some streams and lakes are covered by Total Maximum Daily Load rules for sediment control. Find out about the TMDL program in your state, and determine whether your facility will be affected by TMDL rules.

Health and Safety

Occupational Safety & Health Resource Locator. Find out how health and safety laws are implemented in your state, link to the standards, and learn about available programs that assist with compliance.


PCRC Plain Language Guides to Regulations – Toxic Chemical Reporting. The PCRC plain language guide for toxic chemical reporting covers the following topics:

Other Resources TRI Reporting. Additional TRI resources for the painter.

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. Do these standards apply to your plating shop? Find out here.

REACH — Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances is a European Community Regulation (EC 1907/2006) that became effective on June 1, 2007.  It replaces a number of fragmented European directives and regulations within a single system. 

Lead and TRI Reporting. A guidance document for determining the applicability of TRI reporting and links to reporting resources.

Lead Paint Removal Information (CICA Center). Federal Rule Establishes Requirements During Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities that Disturb Lead-Based Paint.

LEPC/SERC Locator. Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) work to understand chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in case of an accidental release, and look for ways to prevent chemical accidents.


NMFRC Audit Policy Page. NMFRC has prepared a resource which examines EPA's Self-Audit Policy. It also details the relationship of Federal and state rules and links to additional information from around the Web.

Policy on Compliance Incentives For Small Businesses. EPA's policy and guidance to assist small businesses comply with federal environmental requirements.

Regulations. Full text and summaries of federal regulations.

EPA Region and State Pollution Prevention (P2) contacts. Technical Assistance Programs (TAPs) provide businesses with cutting edge environmental management assistance and help identify and implement measures that reduce or eliminate pollution at its source.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). Locate someone in your state that can provide environmental compliance assistance at no charge for your small business.

EPA Self-Audit and Inspection Guide. A self-audit and inspection guide for organic finishing of metals.

On-line Inspection Survival Course for Metal Finishers (NMFRC). An on-line course developed by NMFRC.

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. In general, CFATS will not apply to most painting facilities because the minimum concentrations and/or threshold quantities of applicable chemicals are beyond those of chemicals present at most shops.

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