“Paint Rule” Resource Page
EPA National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants:
Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources

CCAR-GreenLink® has complied information and resources on the “Paint Rule” information and resources to provide compliance and pollution prevention assistance to auto body shops.

Articles by Sue Schauls, CCAR Technical Advisor:

Stepping Through New EPA Regulations for Auto Body Painting (December 2009)

Next Step in Paint Rule Compliance (January 2010)

Step in the Right Direction: Gun Wash (February 2010)

HVLP Gun Set-up: An Important Step (April 2010)

Provide Hands-On Training for Spray Gun Set-Up (June 2010)

Provide Hands-On Training for Spray Technique (Part 1): Optimum Spray Distance & Reduced Lead/Lag (August 2010)

Provide Hands-On Training for Spray Technique (Part 2): Achieving Build Efficiency (September 2010)

Final Step in Paint Rule Compliance (November 2010)

Paint Rule Compliance: A Summary (January 2011)


Where to Send Notifications or Reports Required by Subpart HHHH


EPA Training Video:

Federal Information:

Final EPA Paint Rule is Published in Federal Register

The U.S. EPA has published the final version of its new automobile refinish regulation in the January 9, 2008, Federal Register. The new rule includes emissions standards for auto body refinish operations, along with other area sources of hazardous air pollutants.

Click here for a fact sheet on the new rule.

Click here to see the complete document as published in the Federal Register.
(January 2008)

Click here to download form for “Information Needed for Initial Notification – Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Area Source Rule” (All Facilities must submit an initial notification that the facility is using HAP’s)

Click here for an EPA Fact Sheet.

Click here for Questions and Answers on the EPA Regulation.

Click here to download slides provided by the EPA on the new rule.

Click here for additional information and sample notification forms on the Small Business Environmental home page, including state-specific information.

Additional Information:

Paints and Coatings Resource Center’s 6H Information

DfE (Design for the Environment)

Collision Repair Campaign

EPA developed the Collision Repair Campaign to focus on meaningful risk reduction in the Collision Repair source sector to complement our ongoing community air toxics work and attain reductions at a faster rate. The Campaign will also serve as an opportunity for shops to work towards early compliance with the Auto Body Rule.

CCAR and DfE Tools:

CCAR’s Virtual Auto Body Shop

DfE Best Practices Self-Evaluation Checklist (PDF)

DfE Best Practices Outreach Kit

DfE Emissions Reduction Calculator

DfE Waterborne Basecoats Case Study



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