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Home > Programs > Bureau of Environmental Protection > Office of Customer and Technical Assistance > Auto Body Certification Steering Committee Meeting #2
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May 16, 2000, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
RI Department of Environmental Management
Room 300
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908

In Attendance
Ed Breault, Crown Collision John DiCola, ABARI
Richard Enander, DEM Ron Gagnon, DEM
Richard Girasole, DEM Richard Missaghian, URI
Jeff Mocarsky, MAACO Rick Ouellette, Cousin's Collision
Charles Paglio, American Collision Eugene Park, URI
Tom Uva, NBC  


Ron Gagnon opened the meeting by thanking everyone for attending. Checklist copies for the autobody certification program were mailed out to all committee members two weeks before the scheduled meeting so that members could provide their input on the checklist format. Checklists were provided for Air Pollution Control Regulations, Hazardous Waste Regulations and Water Pollution Control Regulations. The OSHA checklist and Pollution Prevention Checklist will be discussed at the next steering committee meeting.

Ron asked bodyshop owners to comment on the survey format as well as any changes to the checklist that they may deem as unclear or ambiguous. John DiCola commented on question # 5 of the Air Pollution Control Regulations suggesting that the question be split up in regards to the storage and disposal of solvent, cloth or paper so as to reduce any ambiguity. Charles Paglio, owner of American Collision, had concerns regarding question # 6 in the same section suggesting that this question be dropped entirely in lieu of DEM's recent announcement at the Davies Technical Vocational School that the Division of Air Resources would no longer require shops to track their VOCs. Richard Enander commented that an inquiry to the Division of Air Resources would have to be made in regards to the Division's stance on this topic.

Next, the discussion turned to Hazardous Waste Regulations of the survey form. Bodyshop owners inquired about question # 5 and # 6 and the detail that would be involved in the workbook that would accompany the survey form. Jeff Mocarsky, owner and operator of MAACO AutoPainting and Bodyworks, had questions pertaining to the level of detail that the survey form would entail, and whether any ambiguity would be clarified in the workbook. Ed Breault, owner and operator of Crown Collision, suggested that the survey form be kept simple and concise and that if autobody owners are still confused over particular survey questions, that a comprehensive handbook be provided to clarify any ambiguity. Richard Missaghian noted that if time and resources allowed, that a video may be made available and that Davies Career and Technical High School could also provide additional training in regards to pollution prevention and best management practices. Questions also arose concerning # 12 of the Hazardous Waste regulations and whether a template could be made available concerning Hazardous Waste Management regulations, similar to what a regulator would use during a typical inspection audit. It was also requested that a telephone directory listing be added with contact names in the workbook so that the proper people be contacted if shop owners had specific compliance questions.

Next, Tom Uva addressed storm drain issues and NBC's concern of heavy metals being washed down storm drains without pretreatment. Bodyshop owners explained the refinishing process to the panel and said that vehicles are generally washed down at three separate occasions throughout the refinishing process. Of concern to NBC and POTWs in general are any heavy metals that are washed to storm drains without pretreatment capabilities. Tom also added that technicians could utilize dustless Vac technologies and sweep or vacuum up any residual sanding dust that could potentially be loaded with heavy metals. Tom said that he is working on a checklist that he will have prepared for the next steering committee meeting.

Ron thanked all steering committee members for attending and said that the committee will meet in 3 - 4 months to review the other components of the certification program.

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