The MPCA has developed a pilot project in partnership with Safety-Kleen that will give a 25% discount to small businesses who switch from a solvent to an aqueous-based parts washer.
The federal Clean Air Act sets air quality standards for six common air pollutants found throughout the United States. One of these pollutants is ground–level ozone. In 2015, the EPA lowered the ground-level ozone limit from 75 to 70 parts per billion (ppb). While Minnesota does not violate the new standard, some parts of the state are very close. If the state ends up exceeding 70 ppb, it could mean new, more expensive regulations for Minnesota businesses.
In an effort to prevent this, the MPCA participates in Clean Air Minnesota (CAM), a diverse coalition of air quality leaders working proactively to reduce air pollution. CAM understands the majority of the air pollutants of concern today come from smaller, widespread sources that are not regulated in the way power plants and factories are.
One source of emissions that leads to ground-level ozone is volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A very cost-effective way to reduce VOCs in small businesses is by switching from solvent to aqueous-based parts washers. To get the most bang for its buck, the MPCA has developed a pilot partnership project with Safety-Kleen. Safety-Kleen has 50 years of experience manufacturing and servicing aqueous parts washers in throughout Minnesota. Through this partnership, they have the unique ability to reach the widest possible set of targeted small businesses and possible Environmental Justice (EJ) communities that may be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
The 25% discount can only be used for product purchases that involve switching to aqueous-based parts washers. Small businesses are defined as having 100 or less employees in Minnesota. Small businesses in EJ areas of concern will be given special consideration. All interested small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this right away, as it will only be available for a short time due to limited funding.
To participate, contact your local Safety-Kleen location or contact Eric David at the MPCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-757-2218.
This pilot project is also being supported by the city of Minneapolis, which will provide an additional 20% (for a total discount of 45%) to small businesses in Minneapolis converting to aqueous parts washers.