Assistance, Help and Training
EPA Small Business Ombudsman - The SBO provides guidance and explanations of environmental regulations. SBO Hotline 1-800-368-5888.
- Other State Assistance Programs - Web sites of State Environmental Agencies, Small Business Assistance Programs, Pollution Prevention Programs and Compliance Assistance Programs.
EPA Small Business Training - This national outreach effort provides industry-specific telecasts, videotapes, and manuals on air rules affecting small businesses.
EPA Watershed Academy - EPA's Watershed Academy provides training and information on implementing watershed approaches to local, state, tribal, and federal officials and private practitioners of watershed management.
Risk Management Program & Chemical Accident for businesses - find information regarding EPA's Risk management program, RMP and chemical software, and EPCRA Tier II information.
Pesticides and Worker Safety - This Program strives to protect workers performing hand labor operations in fields treated with pesticides, workers in or on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses, and pesticide handlers who mix, load, apply, or otherwise handle pesticides.
Compliance AssistancePolicy on Compliance Incentives For Small Businesses - if you have a potential compliance problem, this is EPA's policy designed to reduce potential liability.
EPA has partnered with industrial sector representatives who specialize in compliance and pollution prevention techniques for their industry. Select from the list of Compliance Assistance Centers below.
- Auto Service Industry
- Local Government
- Metal Finishing
- Paints and Coatings
- Printed Wiring Boards
Energy Star - These programs work with the private sector to develop cutting-edge, voluntary partnerships for the production and use of energy-efficient equipment. Some specific Energy Star programs of interest to small businesses include:Design for the Environment (DfE) Program - helps businesses incorporate environmental considerations into the design and redesign of products, processes, and technical and management systems.
Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (PPIC) - serves as a contact point for P2 information, and also distributes many documents that are useful to small businesses.
Publications and GuidesEPA Publications - Request free publications the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) catalog and download online EPA publications.
Waste Permitting Guide (EPA530-F-96-007)
This document explains the regulations concerning facilities that treat, store, and dispose of hazardous wastes.
Makers' Guide to Solid Waste Management (EPA530-R-95-023)
This guide contains information for Solid Waste practitioners in terms of planning, managing, and operating municipal solid waste (MSW) programs and facilities.