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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:27

DEQ Wants Tulsa Shops to Meet Environmental Rules

The Oklahoma state Department of Environmental Quality plans to expand its outreach at Tulsa auto body repair shops in an effort to make sure they are aware of requirements in the Autobody Rule.

The DEQ recently made the announcement it will be contacting facilities in Tulsa to see if they will voluntarily meet with DEQ staff. There is no charge for participation.

“Understanding environmental regulations can be challenging,” said pollution prevention program manager Dianne Wilkins. “Our goal with this outreach is to assist facilities with environmental compliance.”

One of the requirements is for all spray painting to be done in a spray booth. The rule also encourages the use of spray guns and techniques to reduce over-spraying, and other methods to prevent the release of any solvent mist.

DEQ began its outreach effort on the Autobody Rule last year focusing on facilities in the Oklahoma City area.

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