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Small Business Assistance

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In addition to outreach to Hartford residents, HNEP provides direct technical assistance to Hartford's small businesses to achieve environmental compliance and practice pollution prevention. Multi-media compliance inspections have been conducted in a number of facilities considered to have significant potential to pollute. Over 50 facilities, including elementary and secondary schools, multi-family residences, abandoned commercial and industrial buildings, autobody shops, gas station/repair shops, and drycleaners have been inspected by teams of DEP staff, including those from air, water, hazardous waste and pesticides programs.

As a result of the gas station inspections, the Agency determined that Hartford's small auto repair/gas stations were unlikely to meet the December 22, 1998 deadline for underground storage tank regulations unless they received further assistance. To address this problem, DEP held an evening training session on underground storage tank (UST) regulations for Hartford gasoline and auto repair service station owners. The 30 plus attendees received information on the requirements, including installation of corrosion protection on tanks and piping, an approved method of leak detection, overfill protection, and catchment basins at fill-pipes. There have been at least seven requests for site-specific technical assistance subsequent to the meeting. A merchants' group indicated that it plans to meet with legislators to request assistance for businesses to meet the requirements.

More Info www.dep.state.ct.us/wst/ust/indexust.htm
Project Contact
Name Kim Trella
Phone (860) 424-3297
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Multimedia Inspections & Permitting
Industrial Sectors Auto Body, Auto Repair, Garment Cleaning
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 9 No. 2, Summer 1999 [PDF]


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