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1 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Amelia Gooding Environmental Workshop for CHROME PLATERS Wright College September 1, 2004

2 2 Help For Small Business 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments mandate 3 Components –Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (DCEO) –Ombudsman (IEPA) – recently gone vacant –7 member Compliance Advisory Panel – currently not active

3 3 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Who are we? –staff of 3 in Springfield Annette Fulgenzi Amelia Gooding Roslyn Jackson –located in a non-regulatory agency to provide confidential environmental assistance –provide technical and compliance assistance to small businesses –Partners with IEPA: jointly-developed workplan with Bureau of Air

4 4 Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs Goals: Help small businesses understand and obtain compliance. Notify companies of rule changes and/or upcoming rules. Provide low to no cost training opportunities, such as this workshop. Provide input to regulatory agencies on the impact of upcoming rules on Illinois businesses.

5 5 What Do We Do? Toll-free helpline: –Confidential –Can remain anonymous Develop environmental recordkeeping tools –Calendar for Dry Cleaners (past 5 years) –Calendar for Aggregate Crushers (new July 2004) Industry-specific workshops –Construction & Demolition Debris Industry –Stage 2 Gas Station

6 6 Other Services Clean Air Clips –Quarterly newsletter (e-copy or hard copy) Illinoisbiz.biz –Links to other state & federal resources –Fact sheets –Permit applications forms –Searchable Directory of Consultants –Directory of Environmental Resources

7 7 More Of What We Do Liaison between EPA and DCEO Business Development Bureau –Expedited permit review –Prospect meetings with permit managers –Letters for incentive packages –Participate in various groups with the US EPA

8 8 Other Resources Order form for fact sheets, brochures & guides Sign up for Clean Air Clips today

9 9 Program Results Almost 110,000 clients since program inception Over 1,500 trained in construction & demolition debris 4,500 on Clean Air Clips mailing list Over 800 calls annually

10 10 Have Questions Or Need Help? Toll-free helpline: 800/ (if out-of-state, 217/ ) Website: questions:


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