Clean air grants to reduce VOCs

MPCA grants recently closed for cost-effective projects to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a wide range of organizations throughout Minnesota.

Another round will be opening up soon with a different focus so keep checking for updates.

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About VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds are common air pollutants emitted from everyday processes and liquid use, and can contribute to smog formation. VOCs can cause unpleasant health effects like eye and throat irritation, headaches, and nausea. These effects can be particularly noticeable in highly urbanized or environmental justice communities.

Previously funded projects

Twenty-one Minnesota organizations have received grants totaling $660,000 to reduce VOCs. These funded projects reduced about eighteen tons of VOCs annually, equal to more than 72,000 cans of spray paint.

  • Crystal Lake Automotive (Lakeville and Burnsville): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Dan Loock's Automotive (Redwood Falls): Replacing a solvent-based parts washer with a water-based unit and add a solvent recycler.
  • Heppner's Auto Body (Inver Grove Heights): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Heppner's Auto Body - Midway (St. Paul): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Heppner's Auto Body - 7th Street (St. Paul): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Heppner's Auto Body (Woodbury): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Jenniges Gas and Diesel (Wabasso): Replacing a solvent-based parts washer with a water-based unit and adding a solvent recycler.
  • Maaco (Richfield): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Maplewood Collision Center (Maplewood): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Master Collision Group (Bloomington): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • MCP Collision Center (Annandale): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Mountain Power Hydraulics (Mountain Lake): Install industrial parts washer, eliminating Xylol.
  • Oscar Auto Body (Minneapolis): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Pro Auto Collision & Frame (Ortonville): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Rupp's Unique Auto Body (Elbow Lake): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College (St. Cloud): Install the Virtual Paint system, which teaches the next generation of painters about efficiency and techniques that use less paint and reduce emissions.
  • Uptown Auto Care (Redwood Falls): Replacing a solvent-based parts washer with a water-based unit.
  • Valley Craft Industries (Lake City): Converting a paint line that applies finish to products from liquid to powder paint.
  • Wayne's Auto Body (Hastings): Converting to waterborne paint system.
  • Windy's Collision Center (St. Paul): Converting to waterborne paint system.