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Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide

Information provided for informational purposes onlyNote: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
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What is Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide?

Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide is a collection of non-regulatory, time-and-cost-saving ideas communities can use to reduce toxic air pollution.

Finding the sources of toxic air pollution in a community can be hard, and understanding the effects of toxic air pollution from all types of sources in a community can be even harder. For example, all of the businesses in an area may be doing an excellent job of meeting existing air quality requirements, and no individual business may be causing a problem. However, when all types and sources of air toxics are combined, they may result in a serious health or environmental risk for that community.

EPA, state, local, and Tribal air agencies, community groups, and businesses are trying to identify and address these risks at the community level. The Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide is designed for just that purpose.

How does Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide work?

Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide is a collection of information sheets about ways communities can work together to improve their air quality. It is designed to be used by community groups and their business partners as a planning guide. The guide contains:

• Reduction measures for different kinds of industrial, commercial, and household operations.
• Specific ways community groups can help.
• Separate information sheets for both owner/operators and other community members.
• Reference materials for additional information, including: contact information for local and Regional air agencies, trade associations, and resource centers.

Community groups and business operations that may be looking for ways to reduce toxic air pollution can use the information sheets to consider making specific changes. Businesses and consumers who make changes, such as using different processes or materials, can make significant improvements in local air quality. Many of these changes can also improve efficiency, cut costs, and save money.

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What emission sources are being developed for inclusion in the notebook?

Community Information Owner/Operator Information
Auto Body Shops (PDF) (2pp, 257k)
Dry Cleaning Operations (PDF) (2pp, 263k)
Electroplating Operations (PDF) (2pp, 250k)
Fiberglass Fabrication Operations (PDF) (2pp, 248k)
Hospitality Industry (Lodging Sector) (PDF) (2pp, 256k)
Hospitals (PDF) (2pp, 251k)
Metal Operations (PDF) (2pp, 248k)
Nail Salons (PDF) (2pp, 119k)
Paint and Coating Manufacturing (PDF) (2pp, 245k)
Paint and Coating Stripping Operations (PDF) (2pp, 250k)
Painting and Coating Operations (PDF) (2pp, 251k)
Residential Wood Burning (PDF) (2pp, 254k)
Wood Furniture Operations (PDF) (2pp, 251k)
Auto Body Shops (PDF) (3pp, 268k)
Dry Cleaning Operations (PDF) (3 pp, 263k)
Electroplating Operations (PDF) (3pp, 287k)
Fiberglass Fabrication Operations (PDF) (3pp, 266k)
Hospitality Industry (Lodging Sector) (PDF) (3pp, 270k)
Hospitals (PDF) (3pp, 254k)
Metal Operations (PDF) (3pp, 301k)
Nail Salons (PDF) (2pp, 124k)
Paint and Coating Manufacturing (PDF) (3pp, 257k)
Paint and Coating Stripping Operations (PDF) (3pp, 272k)
Painting and Coating Operations (PDF) (3pp, 263k)
Residential Wood Burning (PDF) (3pp, 270k)
Wood Furniture Operations (PDF) (3pp, 259k)

For Additional Information

How will this material be distributed?

Hard copies of Healthy Air: A Community and Business Leaders Guide can be obtained from EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards library. You can request a copy by calling 919-541-5514 and asking for document number EPA-453/B-05/001.


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