South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is the regulating agency for air quality in the LA basin and has implemented emission limits on NOx that require paint booth burner upgrades. We last wrote to you in 2014 regarding these rules that apply to body shops concerning booth maintenance and documentation of NOx emissions limits for equipment burning natural gas, such as dryers, ovens, and afterburners, located at your collision center paint booth. The deadline for compliance was July 1, 2014 to upgrade your booth.
SCAQMD RULE: ANNUAL REPORTING OF GASOLINE USAGE (AST AND UST)
All dealerships with aboveground storage tanks (AST) and/or underground storage tanks (UST) must report monthly throughput data for each month of 2015 to the SCAMQD by fax to (909) 396-3761. Deadline for reporting is March 1, 2016. Click here for the form.
CALIFORNIA ARB REGULATIONS IMPACTING ABOVEGROUND GASOLINE TANKS
California Air Resources Board (CARB), a division of Cal-EPA, is the regulatory body that controls emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere in the state of California. CARB rules regarding gasoline AST upgrades such as Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) Standing Loss Control (SLC) can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/cp-206.pdf. APCD’s that require SLC and Phase I EVR are as follows: San Joaquin Valley (SJVAPCD), Sacramento Metro (SMAQMD), Ventura County (VCAPCD), San Diego (SDAPCD), BAAQMD and SCAQMD. Check with your District for upgrades and related application that maybe necessary.
The National Transport and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (15 USC 1381) requires all manufacturers of tires to provide tire registration forms to every distributor and dealer of its tires which offer new tires for sale. The law also unequivocally and unambiguously requires each independent dealer selling new tires to provide tire purchasers at the time of sale with a tire registration form. Further the law requires that before giving the registration form to the tire purchaser, the dealer “shall record in appropriate spaces” information as follows:
- Tire I.D. number of the tire sold/leased.
- Distributor/Dealers name and address or other means of identification known to the tire manufacturer.
You cannot dump your fluorescent lamps into the dumpster any more! The US EPA has made changes to waste rules applying to spent mercury-containing light bulbs that requires recycling of these lamps and prohibit landfill disposal.
The rule has been adopted to reduce the disposal of mercury containing wastes into landfills. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that accumulates in our body, especially for children who are at a high risk as they absorb more mercury as a percentage of their body weight. Examples of wastes that are being regulated under this new rule are fluorescent, high-intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium, metal halide, thermostat (with metallic mercury in an ampoule), batteries (non-automotive), and lamp ballasts.
SCAQMD Rules Limiting Use of Cleaner Aerosols
On October 8, 1999, SCAQMD amended its Rule 1171 to limit aerosols used for cleaning purposes in the shop area to 160 oz.(about 10-11 cans) per day per facility regardless of the facility size. SCAQMD considers cleaners subject to the 160 oz. limit to be any aerosol with more than 50 g/L of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). By definition, aerosols with less than 50 g/l of VOC are exempt from all provisions of the rule and do not trigger the 160oz. per day limit. And so are 100% acetone based cleaners as acetone is a compliant chemical not subject to VOC requirements.