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Assistance with Air Regulations for Small Businesses

The Division of Air Resources is responsible for implementing the federal Clean Air Act in New York State and develops and enforces air quality control programs for a wide range of mobile and stationary sources. Thousands of small businesses including automobile service stations and repair shops, wood and metal products finishing, apartment buildings (boilers), print shops, and dry cleaners are subject to the Clean Air Act and its permitting and pollution control requirements.

Since air quality regulations are complex and can be difficult to understand for small businesses without full time environmental staff, the State has established the Small Business Environmental Ombudsman (SBEO) provided by Empire State Development (ESD) (leaves DEC website). Both of these services are, by law, free and confidential. DEC encourages small businesses to utilize these services to obtain assistance to comply with the State's air pollution control regulations.

There are many business sectors that can benefit from the assistance provided by SBEO. The list below includes the major business sectors; however, any small business with air-related questions qualifies for assistance.

  • Architectural coatings
  • Autobody shops
  • Boilers/furnaces/generators
  • Crematories and incinerators
  • Drycleaning - other methods, perc, petroleum
  • Electroplating - chromium
  • Gasoline Stations - Stage I and II
  • Graphic Arts - flexographic, lithographic
  • Metal degreasing
  • Plastic composites manufacturing
  • Sand & gravel operations
  • Surface coating - metal, wood

For more information, contact SBEO at:

Small Business Environmental Ombudsman
Empire State Development
633 Third Avenue 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
(800) STATE NY (782-8369)


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