Assistance Progam (SBAP)
WHAT IS THE SMALL
BUSINESS TECHNICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
15, 1990, amendments to the Clean Air Act were signed into law. This
marked the first time that thousands of small businesses were affected by
federal clean air control requirements. This decision evolved from
numerous studies which concluded that several of the nation's
most serious air quality problems could not be solved without establishing
controls on small sources that pollute the air. Small businesses
frequently lack the technical expertise and the financial resources
necessary to evaluate regulations to determine the appropriate mechanisms
for compliance. Recognizing these problems, Congress established Section
507 of the amendments, which requires all state governments to establish a
Small Business Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SMALL
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
The purpose of
the SBAP is to provide information to small businesses about
requirements of the Clean Air Act, small business rights and
obligations under the Clean Air Act, methods of pollution prevention and
detection, alternate technologies, methods of operation that can help
reduce air pollution, and other areas. In addition, the SBAP will refer
small businesses to technical experts within the Department of Health who can assist
them in achieving compliance. The SBAP also will consider requests from
small businesses for modifying work practices and technological methods of
WHO QUALIFIES TO RECEIVE
provides the services of an environmental consultant to those business
that qualify as small business concerns.
business is defined as one that:
Has 100 or
Is a small
business concern as defined in the small business act;
independently owned, not dominant in its field;
than 50 tons per year of any regulated pollutant;
than 75 tons per year of all regulated pollutants.
OF THE PROGRAM:
Small Business Ombudsman (SBO)
provided by the SBO include:
small business in government organizations;
participation of small businesses in the development of regulations;
small businesses to the appropriate SBAP specialist for technical
toll free hotline
To contact the
small business ombudsman, call 1.800.755.1625 or
Advisory Panel (CAP)
provides advisory opinions on the overall effectiveness of the program.
consists of representatives from the general public, small businesses and
the Department of Health.
Technical Assistance Group (SBAP)
provides technical assistance to small businesses. Some of the services
determining if regulations apply to your business;
preparation of permit applications;
understanding rules that may apply to your business and how to meet them;
developing pollution prevention programs; and
state auditors to help determine compliance.
Questions may be
addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188,