Environmental Management Assistance Program

Additional Air Quailty Considerations

EMAP can assist your small business identify and understand other types of air quality issues.

Your small business may not need an air quality permit.  Have you ever considered the following?

  • Visible Emissions
  • Malodors
  • Harmful vapors released from chemicals & solvents used
  • National emission standards
  • Required recordkeeping for miscellaneous air quality emissions
  • Air quality complaints from neighbors 

These are all very important considerations for your small business that EMAP can help you work through.

  • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

    The Clean Air Act requires EPA to establish emission standards for certain categories, or subcategories, of major and area sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). 

    Pennsylvania DEP received delegation from EPA for certain NESHAPs that affect small businesses which includes:

  • Open Burning Information

    Pennsylvania DEP has compiled a list of resources and publications related to open burning and its impacts on air quality. 

    Small businesses should note the use of Outdoor Wood Fire Boilers and the Open Burning Model Ordinance

  • Air Emissions Testing

    Often at times, small businesses may be required to do stack testing for particular pieces of operational equipment (such as boilers or diesel engines) or pollution control equipment (catalytic converters, air scrubbers, dust control, etc.) to verify compliance with air quality permit conditions and compliance status. 

    DEP’s Source Testing section contains relevant information on how testing should be conducted and how results should be reported.

  • Asbestos

    Small businesses and independent contractors often have questions related to regulations for the removal, collection, transportation, and disposal of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.

    Here are some asbestos resources to note:

    (877) ASK-EMAP

    Speak to a consultant about your environmental compliance questions.

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    Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
    In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.
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