CAR Certification

Many professional automotive recyclers use a certification program to attain and maintain compliance with environmental, safety and transportation rules applicable to salvage facilities. The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Certified Auto Recyclers (CAR) program sets a standard of excellence as the path to compliance.

Regulatory Agency
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MO-DNR)  is the agency in Missouri  charged with maintaining state parks and forests, protecting the environment, and managing energy, fish, wildlife, land resources, and water resources. The MO-DNR issues permits for air quality, land application and water discharge including stormwater permits for Automotive Recyclers in the state. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 office administers federal environmental regulations (40 CFR Parts 260-279) in Missouri.  For more information, contact the Region 7 Environmental Protection Agency at 913-551-7020.

Spill Reporting 
The Environmental Emergency Response (EER) Section is the department’s front line of defense against releases of hazardous substances, natural or man-made disasters and threats to homeland security. EER fulfills the department’s duties outlined in legislation commonly known as the Spill Bill. The legislation appears in Missouri's revised statutes: Chapter 260, Sections 260.500 - 260.550. EER's responsibilities include addressing any material released to land, water or atmosphere that may impact the environment and public health.

Duty officers monitor the department's spill line 24/7 on a rotating basis. During normal business hours, duty officers staff the incident command center at the Environmental Services Program in Jefferson City, and after business hours, they answer the spill line from home.

EER's state on-scene coordinators work from six locations in Missouri: Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Poplar Bluff, Macon and Springfield. Duty officers dispatch them when environmental emergencies occur. All state on-scene coordinators are certified hazardous material technicians.

EER Tracking System  https://dnr.mo.gov/env/esp/meerts.htm
EER uses a database, the Missouri Environmental Emergency Response Tracking System, as a repository for information related to all hazardous substance emergencies and releases. Details of each spill or incident are entered into the system by the officer on duty at the time of the spill. The database information can be queried as far back as December 1993. It is available on the Internet in a searchable format.

Environmental Services Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102

If the hazardous condition involves the release of an EPA regulated material or an oil as defined by the EPA, the release may also need to be reported to the National Response Center at (800) 424-8802. Federal Reporting is required within 15 minutes of event occurrence or discovery.

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) http://www.p2rx.org/
P2Rx is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA. We build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results.   

Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC)  http://p2ric.org/
P2RIC improves resource sharing among the programs, businesses, and agencies within EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) that provide waste reduction services and expertise to business and industry.  


The following fact sheets are designed to assist automotive recyclers with operating their businesses and managing their wastes in compliance with the environmental laws in their state. Select from the list below.