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EPA Drafts New Paint Regulations for Body Shops

September 27, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft of its new regulations for automotive refinishes. The proposed regulations are aimed at reducing the emission of hazardous air pollutants by the vehicle repair industry. Before going into effect, the regulations are first subject to a 30-day public comment period. According to CollisionWeek, the proposed rules call for all painters to complete hands-on training in the proper application of surface coatings and to become certified. Spray booths for full-vehicle paint jobs would need to be fully enclosed with four complete walls and a full roof. Also required would be a filter system fitted with polyester fiber or fiberglas filters (or the equivalent) that can achieve at least 98 percent capture of paint overspray. The booth would need to be ventilated at negative pressure. Spray-applied coatings would have to be applied with a high-volume, low-pressure spray gun, electrostatic application or a technology with a transfer efficiency comparable to a high-volume, low-pressure spray gun. Paint spray gun cleaning would need to be performed with either nonhazardous solvents or with a fully enclosed spray gun cleaner.
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