WSR 07-15-078


[ Filed July 17, 2007, 4:27 p.m. ]

Air Quality Program Introduces Another General Order of Approval

In 2005, ecology created the legal framework for general orders of approval. Ecology's air quality program is now proposing another (the seventh) general order. This order is for automobile body repair and refinishing shops. If a business wishes to install the equipment needed to run a body repair and refinishing shop, an application can be made for coverage under the general order, or the business can choose to go through the older more site specific notice of construction order of approval. The choice is made by the applicant.

Applicability Criteria for this General Order of Approval

Criterion Limitation
Facility description Repair and refinish the passenger and cargo enclosure (i.e., the "body") sections of automobiles, trucks, and other mobile equipment.
Size Shall not use more than 950 gallons per year of refinishing materials of all types.
Design Spray booth with exhaust fan, filter, and unrestricted exhaust stack.
Refinishing materials Low-VOC: Complaint with 40 C.F.R. Part 59, Subpart B. None may contain cadmium.
Equipment Spray gun transfer efficiency rating not less than 60%.
Spray gun cleanup in closed system.

The draft order and fact sheet are available for review and public comment from August 1, 2007, to September 1, 2007. The public is encouraged to give written comments during the public comment period.

A general order is used instead of a series of individual notice of construction orders of approval when the permitted facilities are similar. Individual facilities that receive coverage under the general order are required to comply with the terms and conditions of the order.

This order will be available to applicants in the counties that are regulated directly by ecology's air quality program. These counties are: San Juan, Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin, Grant, Lincoln, Adams, Whitman, Franklin, and Klickitat counties. Applicants in other areas are regulated by a local air agency and are subject to their notice of construction rules and procedures. This order is also available to those sources of statewide importance that are directly regulated by ecology.

Requesting Copies of the Order: You can request copies of the proposed order and fact sheet by contacting Tom Todd, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, phone (360) 407-7528, fax (360) 407-7534, e-mail

The proposed order and fact sheet are also available online at under the Auto Body Shops heading.

Submitting Written Comments: Ecology will accept written comments on the draft automobile body repair and refinishing shops general order and fact sheet. Comments should reference specific text when possible. Comments may address the following:

Technical issues,
Accuracy and completeness of information,
The scope of facilities proposed for coverage,
Adequacy of environmental protection and order conditions, or
Any other concern that would result from issuance of the revised order.
Please submit written comments to Tom Todd, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, phone (360) 407-7528, fax (360) 407-7534, e-mail

Written, e-mailed and faxed comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., September 1, 2007.

Issuing the Final Automobile Body Repair and Refinishing Shops General Order: Ecology will issue the final order after it considers all public comments. Ecology expects to issue the general order soon after the end of the public comment period. It will be effective thirty days later. When ecology issues the order, it will send a response to everyone who commented.

Who would be covered by the order? The order covers all new automobile body repair and refinishing shops who propose to emit air pollutants to environment. The choice of whether to be covered by a more traditional individual notice of approval or this general order remains with the applicant.

If you have special accommodation needs or require a copy of the order and fact sheet in an alternative format, please contact Tami Dahlgren, (360) 407-6830. If you are a person with a speech or hearing impairment, call 711 or 800-833-6388 for TTY.

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