The Advocate, Volume 4, Issue 5, September-October 1999 Page: 1
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SMALL BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL
ASSISTANCE DIVISION, MC 106
TEXAS NATURAL RESOURCE
PO BOX 13087
AUSTIN TX 78711-3087
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
N a t u r a 1
R e s o u r c e
C o n s e r v a t i o n
C o m m i s s i o n
For and about small businesses affected by environmental regulations
PD-006/99-5 Volume 4, Issue 5 / September-October 1999
Site Visits Highlight
FY 1999 Outreach Activities
Hundreds of small businesses through-
out Texas are turning to the TNRCC's Site
Visit program for free, confidential help
in identifying and resolving environmen-
tal compliance problems.The program,
launched in late 1997, now trails only
the 1-800-447-2827 hot line as a top
outreach activity for the agency's Small
Business and Local Government Assis-
tance section (see box).
The free on-site compliance assess-
ments are available to any independently
owned and operated Texas business with
100 or fewer employees.An environmen-
tal consultant under contract with the
SBLGA conducts the assessment and
then sends a report to the business de-
scribing any compliance deficiencies
observed and recommending actions
that could resolve problems and reduce
or prevent pollution.
In FY 1999, SBLGA conducted 225 site
visits at small businesses.These included
40 site visits at businesses in Texas border
communities, a special focus of the pro-
gram, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the
Environmentally Correct =
Lancaster Furniture is proof positive that environmental investments can produce
significant economic returns. Following TNRCC technical recommendations, this Har-
ris County company implemented new technology that reduces air pollution while
increasing painting efficiency.As a result, during 1998 Lancaster slashed its paint and
coating expenses 50 percent and cut regulatory reporting tasks to almost nil.
At Lancaster Furniture, the focus was on volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
These pollutants evaporate into the air from such substances as paint, thinners, and
solvents.VOCs contribute to ground-level ozone, the major threat to air quality in
southeast Texas. Based on TNRCC recommendations, the company invested $8,000 to
purchase more efficient high-volume low-pressure spray guns and
related equipment and train employees in their proper use.VOC
C emissions dropped from just under 25 tons in 1996 to 16 tons in
- ) 1998 while annual expenditures on paints and coatings plummeted
from $69,000 to $35,000.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The grant was specifically earmarked for
site visits to small businesses along the
Texas border, from El Paso to Brownsville.
Beyond Site Visits
Small businesses that correct all
compliance deficiencies identified dur-
ing a site visit are eligible for the Compli-
ance Commitment (C2) Partnership, a
new program that promises to reduce
regulatory burdens even more. Busi-
nesses that apply and are accepted into
the C2 Partnership will receive a Certifi-
cate of Recognition from the TNRCC
entitling them to a one-year exemption
from routine field inspections.The C2
Partnership provides incentives and
support to small businesses and helps
them develop and implement ongoing
improvements to their environmental
management programs. C2 now counts
12 businesses being considered after its
first full year of operation.
Small Business & Local Government
Assistance Outreach Activities
Hot line calls received......3,356
Site visits made................. 225
Staff presentations............... 94
Workshops sponsored................... 32
C2 Partnerships.......12 pending
PERMIT NO. 1967
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