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Information Sources for Small Businesses

There are many web sites that discuss environmental rules and regulations that pertain to small businesses. Here are some that we have found to be very useful:

New Mexico Websites

The New Mexico Small Business Development Center operates twenty offices throughout the state, and offers free business advice and assistance to small business owners and their employees.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) provides a variety of information for businesses working in New Mexico or planning to locate an operation here.

The New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) offers small manufacturers in the state assessments and guidance in lean manufacturing, product development, equipment specifications and health, safety and environmental issues.

New Mexico State University’s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network  provides technical assistance and information to citizens, businesses, industry and communities on cost-effective ways to reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency, and preserve New Mexico’s valuable environmental resources.

National Websites

The Clean Air Act requires states to establish a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) to assist small businesses with environmental compliance and emissions reduction. The National SBEAP website contains resources for both small businesses and the SBEAPs that serve them. A flyer with information about SBEAPs nationwide is available at:

The US EPA has released several new Area Source Regulations that impact many small businesses. To review these regulations, please visit the US EPA Area Source Rules web page.

The US EPA Small Business Gateway provides access to environmental compliance and pollution prevention information for small business owners and employees.

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides an index of services, including small business classifications, that can help you determine if your business is a small business.

The US EPA Pollution Prevention web site provides industry guidance and common sense solutions to environmental management and problem-solving.

The National Compliance Assistance Centers site helps make sense of environmental regulations for many types of industries and services.

The US EPA offers a primer on the many facets of the Clean Air Act that may help you understand this regulation, titled “The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act“. You can review or download this document from their web site.

The US EPA also offers information for the automotive collision repair, refurbish, and auto body industry on their Auto Refinish Project web site.

The CCAR-GREENLINK site offers environmental compliance information for the automotive repair and collision repair industry, especially those using spray guns and spray booths. The ECAR site provides state-by-state environmental compliance information for the automotive recycling business.

The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) provides resources and guidance to help both small and large businesses of the Retail Industry comply with environmental regulations and improve their environmental performance.

If you need more information and guidance regarding air quality permitting and your business, you can contact the Air Quality Bureau’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at:

Rosanne Sanchez (505) 222-9583
Steve Dubyk (505) 222-9507
Cristina Eads (505)222-9528

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