Who we are
The Paint and Coatings Resource Center (PCRC) is maintained by the National
Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). The PCRC is one of the Compliance
Assistance Centers developed by industry-government partnerships, with
support from EPA's Office of Compliance. Each Center focuses on a different
industry sector, one that is heavily populated with small businesses and
entities, and that faces substantial federal regulation.
The main objective of the PCRC is to deliver regulatory and pollution
prevention information, either directly to businesses engaged in painting and
coating, or indirectly through the technical assistance community (including
state and local agencies, and consultants). Whether you are a veteran
environmental manager searching for the answer to a specific question or a
newcomer learning the basics, we want to help.
Also, due to popular demand, some pertinent information has been added to the
PCRC to help meet the information needs of conscientious homeowners. Although
they use many of the same raw materials as industry, homeowners are not
constrained by the same set of rules. However, our environment does not
differentiate between polluters. It reacts in the same negative way to improper
use and disposal of chemicals regardless of their source. We salute those who
make environmental protection a priority in their daily lives.
Finding answers to highly specific regulatory questions and mapping an
efficient route for environmental compliance are both difficult tasks. Industry
is bound by federal, state and local environmental regulations, some of which
overlap. In addition, most companies have distinctive facility or process
characteristics that complicate the process of complying with rules and making
Recognizing this "one size does not fit all" situation, the PCRC
has created an extensive array of information and tools, which includes both
unique internal resources, and links to useful information found on the
Internet. We encourage you to use these resources to help sort out your
situation, and to find efficient and cost-effective solutions. Our tools include
educational features, reference materials, calculators, searchable databases,
interactive resources and more. If you can't find what you are looking for, ask
us, or link to your state assistance program.
The Administrative Director of PCRC is Bill Chenevert, 734-995-7989. Regulatory and technical questions can be directed to George Cushnie. Technical questions regarding this website should be directed to Mark Eelman.