Paints & Coatings Resource Center
Paints & Coatings Resource Center

The objective of the Paints and Coatings Resource Center 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). You should find this site very useful whether you are a veteran environmental manager searching for the answer to a specific question or a newcomer learning the basics.

The PCRC contains many tools and references to assist you with your regulatory issues including VOC/HAP calculators, a Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) Facility Locator, Ask the Expert, a searchable consultant directory, hot topics, and news features.

The PCRC was developed and continues to be maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). It is one of the most mature of several industry-specific Compliance Assistance Centers (CACs) developed through industry-government partnerships and supported through cooperative agreements with the EPA. The CACs are typically focused on industries that are heavily populated with small businesses that face substantial federal and state regulation.

Regulatory and technical questions should be directed to George Cushnie. Feel free to report any website technical issues (e.g. broken links) here

PCRC Hot Topics

PCRC launched a new tool for locating Federal Regulations for Solvent use and Surface Coating.Locate all current EPA air regulations and guidelines including National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG). Resources include links to final rules, factsheets, etc.

Climate Change State Resource Locator. This locator provides access to climate-change related resources developed by a variety of state and local environmental agencies, including local and regional greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans, sector-specific tools and resources for impact mitigation, and state and local commissions charged with developing and overseeing climate-change related programs.

EPA Small Business Information Sheet (2022). EPA highlights the Compliance Assistance Centers along with an array of resources to help small businesses understand and comply with federal and state environmental laws.

Clean Air Act Guidelines and Standards for Solvent Use and Surface Coating Industry. Locate all current EPA regulations and guidelines including National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG). Resources include final rules and plain language factsheets.

Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities-Fact Sheets and Guidance. This fact sheet specifically discusses stormwater discharges from the fabricated metal products manufacturing facilities. Facilities in this group require coverage under an industrial stormwater permit.

Summary of Requirements for Very Small Quantity Generators. If you generate no more than 100 kg (220 lbs) of hazardous waste and no more than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of acute hazardous waste per month, you are a VSQG. As a VSQG, you must comply with three basic waste management requirements.

Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses. This EPA handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations and helps businesses understand how best to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations.

The PCRC has developed an Emissions Calculator to help you determine the pounds of VOCs or HAPs in your paint.


Selected News

2023-09-29 - PCRC Launches Environmental Compliance Assistance Tool for Auto Body Repair Shops [more]

2023-07-28 - Use EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website to search for facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulations. [more]

2023-06-13 - EPA Clarifies Regulatory Status of Spent Lithium Batteries [more]

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