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Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

The Federal 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments required states to establish a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) to provide technical, administrative, and regulatory support for small businesses. The SBEAP staff serve as a liaison between the regulatory agencies and small business. The SBEAP does not have regulatory enforcement authority. Confidentiality is maintained when representing the interest of a small business. The types of assistance provided through the SBEAP include:

  • Informing businesses of requirements in the Act that apply to them as well as any applicable dates
  • Maintaining a list of affected industry for information distribution
  • Disseminating up-to-date information about the Act to the small business community, including easy to understand public information materials
  • Helping small businesses deal with specific technical, administrative, and compliance problems
  • Making necessary referrals
  • Providing training opportunities

What's New

On this page you will find information from the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program including notices of new proposed or promulgated regulations affecting small businesses, training opportunities, small business highlights and other items of interest to small businesses.

October 24, 2012

On September 19, 2012, the EPA published amendments to the NESHAP for Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing Tanks (40 CFR 63 Subpart N). Changes were made in several areas including emission limits, monitoring standards, recordkeeping, and reporting. For more information and a fact sheet outlining the changes, see the Chromium Electroplating page.

October 4, 2012

Facilities subject to the Chemical Manufacturing rule (40 CFR 63 Subpart 6V) are required to submit a Notification of Compliance Status by October 29, 2012. More information can be found on SBEAP’s Chemical Manufacturing page.

Announcements relating to Boiler regulations

March 27, 2012

The EPA issued a No Action Assurance Letter (NAA) to establish that they will exercise enforcement discretion to not pursue enforcement action for violations of the initial tune-up deadlines in the final Area Source Boiler rule. The EPA intends to issue the final reconsideration rule prior to any of the compliance dates for existing sources. For details, please see the Area Source NAA Letter.

December 15, 2011

Reconsideration Proposal for Boilers at Area Sources, Boilers/Process Heaters at Major Sources, Commercial/Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators and Proposed Definition of "Non-Hazardous Solid Waste"

See SBEAP Boiler page for information on the current rule affecting boilers.

Announcements relating to Gasoline Dispensing regulations

February 9, 2012

**NEW Gasoline Distribution NESHAP 6C Video from EPA**

EPA has developed an informational video describing “Stage I" gasoline storage tank filling control requirements resulting from the Federal Gasoline Distribution Facility rule as part of their Air Pollution Training Institute. The video explains what a NESHAP is, why it exists, the general requirements of the 6C rule and which specific businesses are affected. The video is available for viewing online at the EPA APTI Website.

Publications

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Publications - The Federal 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments required states to establish a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) to provide technical, administrative, and regulatory support for small businesses.