I just got the July issue of HOT VWs and in the f.y.i. section I read an article titled "Paint no more" I wonder how much kickback money the politicians are going to get if this go's into effect, I downloaded the actual letter, here it is.
October 26, 2005
Ms. Kim R. Teal
Environmental Protection Specialist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711
On behalf of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), we are writing to address the possible regulation of area source emissions from automotive refinishing. ASA is the largest and oldest independent repair association in the nation. ASA’s 13,000 member businesses employ more than 65,000 independent auto service technicians. NADA is the national trade association that represents 20,000 franchised dealerships employing more than one million employees, a significant percentage of whom engage in automotive service and repair.
Franchised dealers and independent repairers are the businesses that America’s motoring public looks to for the repair of their vehicles. We appreciate EPA allowing us the opportunity for input as it moves forward with potential regulation of area source emissions from automotive refinishing. Your visits during the last year to collision repair facilities and industry events will certainly prove helpful as you develop draft rules.
ASA and NADA support an approach that would control the purchase and use of automotive refinishing products, not unlike that used by EPA to regulate motor vehicle air conditioning refrigerants today. Shops in our industry would be required to certify to EPA that they met minimum equipment and facility standards, such as the model equipment guidelines established by a joint EPA-OSHA industry workgroup several years ago (see attached). Shop certification might also require a federal tax identification number, a business license, and/or a valid state sales tax number.
Moreover, prospective purchasers and users of automotive refinishing products would be required to be employed by a certified shop and would need to be trained and tested on VOC management. Right now, for example, I-CAR offers training parameters for collision professionals that are generally accepted by all facets of the collision repair industry.
Clearly, reasonable controls on the purchase and use of automotive refinishing products is key to helping eliminate unnecessary VOC emissions from this industry sector.
Please feel free to contact either of us if we can provide more information regarding this matter.
Robert L. Redding, Jr. Doug I. Greenhaus
Washington, D.C. Representative Director, Environment, Health and Safety
So how much ya wanna bet the prices to get your car painted are going to go through the roof because you wont have a choice but to have the so called pros do the painting.