Consolidated Screening Checklist For Automotive Repair Facilities Guidebook
|The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Consolidated Screening Checklist for Automotive Repair Facilities Guidebook as a public service to the automotive service and repair industry. EPA’s Office of Compliance, through various meetings with industry representatives, facility owners, and technicians, determined there was a need for compliance assistance to automotive repair shops to help them attain or remain in compliance with applicable federal environmental regulations. The checklist and guidebook highlight important or key environmental requirements as they apply to the various federal environmental programs. This guidebook is an update to the 1997 guidebook. EPA has revised several environmental regulations applicable to the automotive service and repair industry since the last publication, specifically the shallow non-hazardous industrial waste injection wells known as Class V wells and, the applicability of the spill prevention and countermeasures and control program to automotive fueling tanks and used oil storage. The motor vehicle air conditioning is expanded to include retrofitting motor vehicle air conditioning units and the use of alternative refrigerants. Additional environmental requirements are added as reminders should the shop owner plan to expand or build a new facility, or use weed killer, insect spray or restroom cleaners and disinfectants around the shop.
HOW CAN I USE THE CHECKLIST AND GUIDEBOOK?
You can use the checklist and guidebook to evaluate your facility’s compliance with the federal environmental regulations which are applicable to the automotive service and repair industry. If problems with compliance are discovered while completing the checklist, you may want to conduct a more comprehensive self-audit.
Please remember that this checklist and guidebook are a beginning, not the final word, on environmental compliance requirements. While federal environmental requirements are highlighted in the checklist and guidebook, a comprehensive discussion of all requirements is NOT included. In addition to federal requirements, you may be subject to state, tribal, and/or local requirements. You should use this information to build a basic understanding of federal environmental requirements, and then seek additional assistance from various federal, state, tribal, and local agencies.
If you are not sure about your state and/or local environmental requirements, contact your state and local environmental office. These offices can be found in the Blue Pages of your local telephone directory. If you do not know who to contact, you might consider the CCAR-GreenLink® Compliance Assistance Center. CCAR-GreenLink® is a partnership between the EPA and the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR). CCAR is an automotive industry organization whose mission is to augment the professionalism of automotive technicians.
There are several ways to reach CCAR-GreenLink®:
CCAR-GreenLink® Toll-Free: 1-888-GRN-LINK (476-5465)
However, CCAR® does not guarantee the correctness or accuracy of the information, and will not be responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information, or any damage or loss suffered by any person as a result of reliance on such information. The information presented relates to environmental programs of the Federal government. State and local laws, regulations, and rulings, may apply in lieu of, or in addition to, the Federal rules, and should be reviewed before taking any action in reliance on this information.