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

Regulatory Navigation Tool: Subpart HHHHHH National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources
The new 6H Regulatory Navigation tool is now available to help autobody shops determine if they can be exempt from the rule. Regulation Navigation (Reg Nav) tools help owners and operators of facilities in certain industries determine the requirements of specific air quality regulations. Reg Nav tools are online and interactive, and use the information entered to assess potential regulatory requirements. Reg Nav tools do not store or save information, so you must print or save any output that you want to use or reference.

Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses. This new 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.

EPA has launched a new section of their website that specifically addresses Hazardous Waste Generators. It provides basic information, links to forms, regulatory summaries/details, and sector-specific information.

Does your company need a stormwater permit? Are you aware that the rules are changing? Get all the facts here or go directly to the state-by-state information tool.

The PCRC has developed an Emissions Calculator to help you determine the amount of VOCs or HAPs that you are permitted to release.

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