Local governments are
responsible for operating, maintaining and purchasing motor vehicles
and equipment to perform government services. Vehicles used range
from school busses, fire engines, snow plows, and heavy construction
equipment to automobiles used by building inspectors, police
departments, and government officials. Equipment may include items
such as pumps, tools, and boilers. Local government fleet operations
include vehicle repair shops, fueling stations, and purchasing
Vehicle repair shops
conduct several activities that have the potential to impact the
environment and are regulated under U.S. environmental laws and
regulations. These activities include changing fluids such as oil and
antifreeze, washing parts, maintaining batteries, repairing air
conditioners, washing vehicles and shop floors, repairing and
replacing exhaust systems, painting vehicle bodies, and storing
materials outdoors. Most of these activities may be regulated both
under the hazardous waste or used oil provisions of RCRA, and the
NPDES, pretreatment, or storm water provisions of the CWA, while some
are regulated under the CAA.
LGEAN resources most
applicable to vehicle/equipment maintenance include:
Center. This is a unique resource. It provides
state by state summaries of regulations covering wastes generated by
auto maintenance and recycling.
Waste Resource Locator. The rules for managing hazardous waste can vary from state to
state. Find your state's regulations, along with permit forms,
guidance, contact information and other helpful resources.
Deviations from federal regulations are highlighted.
RCRA in Focus: Vehicle Maintenance. RCRA in Focus provides an overview of the basic federal regulations covering wastes that are likely to be hazardous in your business. It also provides recycling and pollution prevention options to help businesses decrease the amount of hazardous waste they produce.
Consolidated Screening Checklist for Fleet Maintenance Facilities Guidebook. The consolidated screening checklist and guidebook is a tool to help you evaluate compliance at your fleet maintenance and repair shop.
Auto Repair and Fleet Maintenance Pollution Prevention. Fact sheets provide environmental, technical and economic evaluations of the top Pollution Prevention "fixes" for auto repair and fleet maintenance operations.