Complying with environmental regulations can be burdensome, especially
for small businesses. Recognizing this, DEP created the Small Business
Assistance Program. This program assists small businesses with regulatory compliance, provides information
about cost saving pollution prevention practices, and ensures that
small business are considered when new regulations are developed.
Small Business Advantage Grant Program -
The program provides 50 percent matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 to enable a Pennsylvania small business to adopt or acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Eligible applications will be considered for funding until program funds have been exhausted. The program is typically offered once per year. Additional information can be found on the Small Business Ombudsman Office website. Applications are also available by contacting the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, by phone at (717) 783-8411 or by email at email@example.com.
Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA)
PPAA provides low interest loans to small businesses undertaking
projects (located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) that
reduce waste, pollution or energy use. Loans will be used to fund
75 percent of the total eligible project cost, up to a maximum
of $100,000. Small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees
are eligible. The loan interest rate is 2% and has a maximum term
of 10 years. This funding can help small businesses comply with
environmental regulations while receiving the economic benefits
of preventing pollution and using energy more efficiently. Visit
the PPAA Loan website for additional information.
Emerging Technology Applications Center
The Emerging Technologies
Applications Center (ETAC) at Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, PA, is working together with the
DEP to help small and midsize Pennsylvania businesses achieve
and maintain compliance with the air quality regulations. Services
include technological assessment (1st consultation free), laboratory
analysis, process analysis and auditing, and technical training
and course development. For more information, contact ETAC at 610-861-5081 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) is providing free and confidential environmental assistance services to small businesses. This partnership replaces Envirohelp. EMAP can be contacted at 877-ASK EMAP (877-275-3627) or visit their website at www.askemap.org.
Small Business Ombudsman
The Small Business Ombudsman provides free confidential environmental
assistance to businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees.
By law, the Ombudsman cannot reveal the identity of any small business
that contacts the Office without their permission. All contacts
are kept strictly confidential. The following are some of the services
that the Ombudsman provides:
- Serves as the primary advocate for small business within the
- Assists small businesses in realizing potential cost savings
of pollution prevention versus pollution control.
- Serves as the DEP spokesperson to the small business community.
- Reviews pending regulations and ensures that the impact on small
businesses is considered.
- Investigates complaints from small businesses about DEP
- Provides confidential assistance to small businesses within
the Commonwealth needing help with environmental issues.
Small Business Compliance Advisory
Go to the Small
Business Compliance Advisory Committee web site. Get the
following information on the committee:
- Schedule of meetings.
- Minutes of previous meetings.
- Agendas and handouts.
- Membership list.
PennSTAR Project Final Report
The Pennsylvania Spray Technique Analysis and Research (PennSTAR) program was designed to provide demonstrations to auto body technicians
and refinishers in the field of collision repair to help reduce the amount of Volatile
Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP’s) being released into
the atmosphere and at the same time reduce costs to collision repair facilities.
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For more information on the Small Business Assistance Program call 717-787-7019 or email email@example.com