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Environmental Management Assistance Program

Section 507 Program of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments

What is the 507 Program?

Section 507 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) requires each state to establish a Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program (also known as “507 Program,” and/or “Small Business Environmental Assistance Program”).

Section 507(d) charges the EPA Small Business Ombudsman with monitoring and reporting on the overall effectiveness of the Program.

The Program consists of three components:

  1. Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP);
  2. Small Business Ombudsman (SBO); and
  3. Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP).


Pennsylvania’s 507 Program

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintains all three components of the federal mandate as outlined in Section 507 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

In addition, these components also fulfill the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act of 1959, as amended in 1992.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

In Pennsylvania, EMAP fulfills the role of the SBEAP by providing free and confidential environmental technical assistance to those small businesses in need of air quality assistance.

Small Business Ombudsman

The Ombudsman serves as the primary advocate for small businesses within Pennsylvania DEP.

Small business owners with a question or issue with DEP can request assistance from the Ombudsman to voice their concerns and interests with the Department.

Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to review proposed and existing regulations and programs as they affect small businesses, to assure such regulations are written in understandable, clear laymen’s terms, and to advise the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quaility of the small business perspective on air quality issues.

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.