Small Business Assistance Progam (SBAP)
WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS TECHNICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
On November 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 compliance.
WHO QUALIFIES TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE?
The SBAP provides the services of an environmental consultant to those business that qualify as small business concerns.
A small business is defined as one that:
Has 100 or fewer employees;
COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM:
Services provided by the SBO include:
To contact the small business ombudsman, call 1.800.755.1625 or 701.328.5202.
The CAP provides advisory opinions on the overall effectiveness of the program.
The CAP consists of representatives from the general public, small businesses and the Department of Health.
The SBAP provides technical assistance to small businesses. Some of the services available are:
Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188, or email Tom Bachman.