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
EPA issues all NPDES permits in New Mexico. Please visit EPA's main NPDES page to view all current permits.
EPA's work in New Mexico is managed by our Region 6 Office in Dallas.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 (South Central)- EPA's work in New Mexico is managed from the EPA Region 6 office in Dallas, serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 Tribal Nations. https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-6-south-central

EPA Region 6 Main Office
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75270
214-665-2760 (Outside of Region 6)

Stormwater Regulation 
United States Environmental Protection Agency is the administrator (regulatory authority) for the stormwater permitting program in New Mexico. When the water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans becomes polluted; it can endanger wildlife, make our drinking water unsafe, and threaten the waters where we swim and fish. EPA issues all stormwater permits for New Mexico.

Spill Reporting 
Please call 911 if this is an emergency.

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.

The Region 6: Zero Waste Network is a group of environmental professionals serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas dedicated to finding money-saving options for conserving our natural resources. They are a collaborative project of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Texas, and regional environmental agencies. Together they work to identify pollution prevention options for large and small businesses as well as consumers.  http://www.zerowastenetwork.org/

The Zero Waste Network's projects included:
• A success story that provides examples of how a real facility saved money, reduced waste and/or lowered their regulatory burden through an innovative P2 practice.
• A set of best management practices for a variety of industries to save money and reduce waste. http://www.zerowastenetwork.org/P2Options/dsp_reviewedproces.cfm
• Resource Exchange (RENEW) - A tool designed to help facilities exchange materials that would otherwise be disposed. http://www.zerowastenetwork.org/#


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.