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1 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Biodiesel Fuel Quality Seminars

2 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments Brought more small businesses into the regulatory process. Small business definition? Independently owned and operated with <100 employees and is not a major source. Dry cleaners, printers, auto body shops, metal finishers, wood finishers, asphalt manufacturers, gasoline stations, etc.

3 Section components –Small Business Ombudsman (IEPA) –Compliance Advisory Panel (inactiive) –Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)

4 Small Business Regulatory Facts $3,296 per employee per year to meet just federal environmental regulatory burdens. Costs 364% more for small firms than large firms to comply with environmental regulations. Cant afford to invest limited resources for help in understanding their environmental regulatory burdens.

5 Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Located in the non-regulatory state agency Annette Fulgenzi Roslyn Jackson FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Goal: Provide technical & compliance assistance to small businesses, focus on air issues

6 How Do We Determine Environmental Needs? Meet annually with IEPA field inspectors Identify upcoming enforcement activities of IEPA and USEPA Provide feedback to regulatory agencies: –Survey businesses on impact of proposed rules –Contact trade associations Meet with local governments

7 Regulatory Compliance Assistance Tools Toll-free helpline: confidential -can remain anonymous Environmental recordkeeping calendars -dry cleaners -Stage I and II gasoline stations Quarterly Newsletter, Clean Air Clips (e-copy, web, or hard copy)

8 Educational Seminars/Workshops Industry-specific workshops -Construction & demolition debris industry -Dry cleaners -Ethanol and biodiesel -Auto salvage yards -Auto body shops

9 Links to other state & federal resources Fact Sheets Directory of environmental consultants Workshop announcements

10 Other Services Liaison between Illinois EPA and DCEO Business Development Bureau – Expedited permit assistance – Prospect meetings with permit managers – Letters for incentive packages On-site visits - Free environmental compliance reviews - Free pollution prevention & energy audits

11 Program Results Over 207,000 clients since program inception Over 2000 trained in construction & demolition debris Last year: – 20 workshops – Almost 5,000 hours of training – Approx. 1,000 annual helpline calls

12 Have questions? Need help? Toll-free helpline: Website:


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