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Auto Body Shops (Area Sources)


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Auto Body Shop Requirements
Emissions from spray applied coatings used to refinish motor vehicles or mobile equipment have been regulated under Delaware Code (law) since 2004. The level of regulatory control is determined by the type and amount of emissions from a facility.

What is regulated?
Delaware Auto Body Shop emissions are regulated for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) content.

VOCs: Regulated reactive VOCs are defined in the 7 DE Admin Code, 1101. Auto body shop VOC emissions are regulated under 7 DE Admin Code, 1124,11.0.

HAPs: The regulated HAPs are Nickel (Ni), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Lead (Pb), and Manganese (Mn).  Coatings containing these pollutants are regulated under 7 DE Admin Code, 1138, 15.0.

Methylene Chloride (MCD): Any auto body shop using methylene chloride for paint stripping operations is regulated under 7 DE Admin Code, 1138, 13.0.

What is required?
No Actions Required: Those facilities which emit less than 0.2 Ibs/day of any air pollutant are exempt from regulatory control.  This status must be supported by recordkeeping.

Registration: Those facilities which emit 0.2 Ibs/day or more, but less than 10.0 Ibs/day are required to register their pollution-causing equipment. Accurate detailed recordkeeping is required to establish and maintain registration status.

Permit: Those facilities emitting 10.0 Ibs/day or more of any air pollutant are required to apply for and obtain an Auto Body Source Category Permit. For permit conditions and additonal information please see the permit example.

Delaware Environmental Application Background Statement: This form (EPABS) must be completed and submitted with the permit application. 

Tom Postell
(302) 739-9402

Revised 6/20/2016


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