CAR Certification

Certified Auto Recyclers 
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
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection https://ndep.nv.gov/ 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Pacific Southwest implements and enforces federal environmental laws in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 Tribal Nations. 

EPA Region 9 
75 Hawthorne Street 
San Francisco, CA 94105 
The main office of EPA's Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) is located in the South of Market area of downtown San Francisco.

​Stormwater Regulations
U.S. EPA regulations at 40 CFR § 122.26(b)(14)require stormwater discharge permits for certain activities that discharge stormwater to waters of the United States. In compliance with this regulation, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has issued several General Permits for stormwater discharges.  

Spill Reporting 
State of Nevada Emergency Response Commission requires a spill that affects a water way within the state to be reported, regardless of the quantity (e.g., oil sheen). https://serc.nv.gov/Resources/report-a-spill/ 

Hazardous Materials Spill or Release Notifications
All significant releases or threatened releases of a hazardous material, including Oil and Radioactive materials require emergency notification to government agencies. Notification shall be made by Telephone and must be completed immediately.

First Call: 9-1-1 (or your local emergency response agencies)
Secondly: National Response Center: 1-800-424-8802
Third: Nevada Department of Environmental Protection 1-888-331-6337
NEXT call the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission at: 775-684-7511

Also you need to contact your county LEPC and the local fire department if you haven’t already.

A Spill Hotline Presentation from 2017 is available for a thorough understanding of the requirement: https://ndep.nv.gov/uploads/water-opcert-dw-training-docs/2017_NDEP_Spill_Hotline_Presentation_-NvRWA_Conference.pdf 

National Response Center
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.

The National Response Center (NRC) is a part of the federally established National Response System and staffed 24 hours a day by the U.S. Coast Guard. It is the designated federal point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the environment, anywhere in the United States and its territories. 

National Small Business Environmental Assistance Program 
The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments required states to develop programs to help small businesses comply with air quality regulations through a small business environmental assistance providers' programs (SBEAP). Many state technical assistance programs have expanded their air quality focus to provide technical assistance in other environmental areas. Services provided by these organizations for small businesses include multi-media environmental compliance and pollution prevention (P2). P2 services help businesses reduce emissions at the source, often reducing regulatory burden and sometimes saving money. 

To access these free, often confidential services and see which ones your state offers, locate your state program at https://nationalsbeap.org/states

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.   

Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) is an alliance of pollution prevention (P2) programs throughout EPA Region 9 which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada and is part of a national network of pollution prevention centers around the country called the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange or (P2Rx). https://unrbep.org/wsppn/

The network serves as a technical resource for regional P2 issues through researching, consolidating, and disseminating P2 information. WSPPN was established in 1997 and is run as a service provided by the Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

WSPPN projects include:P2 training and webinars, including online introductory video courses in P2 101, and Green Chemistry 101. 

The Green Business Program Resource, which includes information about green business certification programs and links to selected certification programs across the country. https://unrbep.org/wsppn/

WSPPN collaborated with the California Green Business Program Network to help replicate California's green business program tools and measurement tracking systems nationally. A partnership with California, Oregon and Washington to advance the collaborative goals of the 2015 West Coast Green Chemistry and Safer Products Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


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.