CAR Certification

Texas Commission on Environmental QualityCertified 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
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 (South Central)- EPA's work in Arkansas is managed from the EPA Region 6 office in Dallas, serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 Tribal Nations. 

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

Stormwater Regulation 
Discharges from industrial and construction activities often contain pollutants in quantities that could adversely impact water quality. To protect our water quality, stormwater permits regulate industrial, construction, and municipal separate storm system discharges to Texas waters. 
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TXCEQ) has Assistance Tools for Industrial Stormwater General Permit.

Spill Reporting 
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - ​Report an environmental emergency, discharge, spill, or air release. Links to rules, laws, technical assistance, waste management, State Emergency Response Commission.

What to Do if You Have a Spill
Keep people safe. Identify what's spilled. Find out if warning signs are needed. To report an environmental emergency, discharge, spill, or air release, contact:  
State of Texas Spill-Reporting Hotline and the SERC: 1-800-832-8224—24 hours a day
TCEQ Regional Office, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Federal: National Response Center : 1-800-424-8802 (notifying the NRC does not constitute notice to the state)

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. 

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/index.cfm#

The Zero Waste Network's projects included:
• A P2 success story database that provides examples of how a real facility saved money, reduced waste and/or lowered their regulatory burden through an innovative P2 practice.  http://www.zerowastenetwork.org/p2plan/index.cfm
• P2 Options, 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.