Category: EPA

Cooks Collision Reaches $1.5M Settlement Over Hazmat Handling

August 1st, 2018 by

  from   July 31, 2018 — A statewide auto body shop has agreed to pay $1,525,000 in penalties following an investigation started in Sacramento over improper disposal of hazardous materials. The settlement with Cooks Collision and 15 district attorney’s offices was announced on Monday. The automotive repair company was found to have improperly stored and

Section 609 resources ahead of air conditioning season

April 2nd, 2018 by

The following is a reprint of a communication sent out by our esteemed colleagues at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS).   March 30, 2018 (Lansdale, PA) Technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant need to be aware of new regulations that took effect on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement

The Most Recycled Product in the U.S.? Lead Batteries

November 28th, 2017 by

from;     A new study has found that lead batteries have a recycling rate of 99.3 percent, making them the number one recycled consumer product in the U.S. The near-perfect rate of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a state-of-the-art closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries out of landfills annually. The National

Buying refrigerant cylinders after 1/1/18? Here’s what you’ll need to know

September 28th, 2017 by

The following was provided by our colleagues at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS)   Section 609 Certifcation is required to buy cylinders of refrigerant after Jan 1, 2018 Please be aware after January 1, 2018 a Section 609 certification card will be required to purchase R-12, R-134a, or R-1234yf cylinders of 10 pounds

Hurricane Harvey white paper

September 7th, 2017 by

September 7, 2017 – CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) has published a Hurricane Harvey white paper regarding the handling, disposal, and repair of flooded vehicles from Texas and Louisiana. The document is available for download by clicking the link below. HURRICANE HARVEY AFFECTED ONE OF THE HEAVIEST POPULATED REGIONS IN THE HISTORY OF

New EPA Underground Storage Tank (UST) rule

August 3rd, 2015 by

Effective October 13, 2015, a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule sets updated requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs) aimed at improving leak prevention and detection. EPA’s actions should also serve to promote tank regulation uniformity across the U.S.,  close regulatory gaps, update technologies and incorporate the secondary containment and operator training requirements required

EPA releases final risk assessment for paint removal chemical

March 31st, 2015 by

  from!OpenDocument Release Date: 03/23/2015 Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn (News Media Only) 202-564-7849 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. EPA released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to

EPA resources for Clean Air Act compliance

March 9th, 2015 by

Here are some EPA-provided tools to help you to comply with the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements; Brochure Summarizing the Rule Sample Initial Notification Optional Owner/Operator Certification Form Sample form for Compliance Status Notification EPA’s New Air Quality Rule for Auto Body Shops: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating at Area Source Spanish Version PowerPoint

EPA announces agreement to reduce copper in brake pads

January 22nd, 2015 by

On January 21, 2015 the EPA announced that an agreement had been signed to reduce the amount of copper used in the manufacturing of brake pads. Why should anyone care? Well, brake pads (much like a pencil eraser) are designed and built to wear down as they are used. It is no coincidence that the

The end of R-134a?!?

December 17th, 2014 by

Bob Miller of Train Them Now LLC is an all-around good guy, and a respected colleague (and good friend) of those of us here at CCAR. With all the recent ‘chatter’ surrounding the evolution of automotive air-conditioning systems, we asked Bob to chime in with his 2-cents worth on this matter (thanks Bob!).   The End