monitoring and reporting for auto refinish facilities
Auto refinish shops in the province must report their emissions, preferably in an electronic form, to the Ontario Ministry of Environment.
This reporting is due by July 1, 2003 and covers the period from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002
However, after a number of discussions between the Ministry and the collision repair trade association, a number of "thresholds" were agreed upon:
- The facility can reasonably be expected to use 3,000 kilograms or more of coating materials during the year.
- The facility can reasonably be expected to use 3,000 kilograms or more of solvents during the year.
Auto refinish facilities that are below these thresholds DO NOT have to report.
Facilities that exceed these thresholds will have to examine their emissions and determine and identify the type of emissions and quantity of these emissions.
Further, shops that exceed a further threshold of 10 tonnes per year of Volatile Organic Compounds will be required to do a much more in-depth review and reporting of their emissions.
If you have any questions on this form as your shop moves towards or beyond environmental compliance , you can contact the office 1-866-309-4272. An online version of this questionnaire is planned for inclusion on the industry web site at www.ciia.com
It is expected that these web-based tools and / or information on how to access them will be available for shops to use for the reporting requirement at www.ciia.com under "Compliance"
February 4, 2005
The vast majority of collision repair and paint facilities do not meet this threshold and need do nothing to meet the regulation requirement. Shops that emit over 10 tonnes of emissions annually (less than half of one percent of shops),however, need to report. Most shops that have already hired and paid this firm would have received a consultant's report advising them that their shop already meets the regulatory requirements and need do nothing. The Autobody trade association has reached an agreement with this firm to cease and desist from this activity and the firm has agreed to contact their current clients and to inform all those that may contact them of this exemption. Member shops are urged to call the office at 1-866-309-4272 for more information.
Complaints are being
received that shops are paying from $2800 to $6600 for a provincial Certificate
of Approval for their spray booth and paint operations. Facilities that
spray paint are required to possess a valid Certificate of Approval issued
by the Ontario Ministry of Environment. This Certificate is sometimes
called a Section 9 or Air Permit or Booth Permit. This requirement has
been in place for over 20 years and the trade association has worked
PROVINCIAL OFFENSES ORDERS
Over 200 auto refinish facilities have received an enforcement group generated provincial offense order to obtain this "Certificate of Approval". If an order was issued to you, it can be a very serious legal matter if you do not proceed and obtain that Certificate, however, do not be rushed into using any consultant in the phone book without checking with your industry trade association. Call the office at 1-866-309-4272 for more information or access information on the SWAT team at: http://www.autobodyhelp.ca/swat.html