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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Auto Mercury Switch Removal
Abstract: This portion of the U.S. EPA Region 5 web site contains links to information related to automotive mercury, including: information on how to find, remove, and replace mercury switches used in convenience lighting in various types of vehicles; guidance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on regulatory issues related to auto mercury switch removal; and information on NYSDEC programs to promote proper management of mercury-containing switches in autos.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 5
Green Cars?--A Guide to Cleaner Vehicle Production, Use and Disposal
Abstract: This portion of the Environmental Defense web site provides information on the various stages of a vehicle?s life cycle, and tips for pollution prevention at each stage. Stages include: raw materials extraction/processing; pre-assembly manufacturing; vehicle assembly; vehicle use; and end-of-life vehicle management. Includes information on extended producer responsibility. Copyright 2004 Environmental Defense.
Source: Environmental Defense
Guidance on Retrofitting to HFC-134a
Abstract: This document describes special procedures required to convert an R-12 (freon) vehicle air conditioning system to use an alternative refrigerant. It includes some facts about aftermarket options and procedures for retrofitting a vehicle's air conditioning system to HFC-134a (R-134a).
Source: U.S. EPA
Mercury Reduction Programs Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), a searchable database that includes descriptions of mercury reduction programs underway around the U.S. Each profile provides a brief description of the project, its title, a list of products affected, program results, sources of funding, and contact information. The database may be searched by state, program title or agency. An online form is available for submission of information on programs not currently included in the database.
Mercury Use?Automotive Sector [PDF]
Abstract: The Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook was designed as a working document to help guide communities through the process of writing comprehensive community mercury reduction plans. This section of the SourceBook contains: information on mercury-containing products unique to the automotive industry as well as products used in other sectors; case studies; action ideas; a sample proclamation that explains the mercury issue and possible mercury minimization options for the automotive industry; and current mercury projects within this industry. (PDF Format; Length: 21 pages)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Mercury?Automotive Topic Hub
Abstract: This primer is intended as a quick guide to the essential pollution prevention information on mercury in automobiles, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources. It includes background information on the sources of mercury in automobiles, information on collection programs and alternative products, guidelines for handlings, recycling, disposal and dealing with spills, and a database of mercury reduction programs. The primer was developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) as part of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) national Topic Hub project. For more information on this project, see www.p2rx.org.
Source: NEWMOA and P2Rx
MVAC Refrigerants Fitting Sizes & Label Colors
Abstract: This fact sheet provides a summary of fittings and labels that must be used with alternative refrigerants when used in motor vehicle air conditioning systems. This information may be of use for retrofitting salvaged vehicles for resale.
Source: U.S. EPA
Product Stewardship Opportunities Within the Automotive Industry [PDF]
Abstract: This report presents information on the vehicle design process, materials used in vehicles and some of the trends in materials used. It also describes factors that can influence materials used, and presents challenges and opportunities to address materials of concern, recyclable materials and recycled-content in vehicles. Prepared for the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA) by Five Winds International. (PDF Format; Length: 151 pages)
Source: MOEA and Five Winds International
Section 609 Technician Certification Programs
Abstract: Section 609 covers technician certification in the motor vehicle sector only. Becoming certified allows you to: (1) perform refrigerant servicing of vehicles with R-12, R-134a, or blend refrigerants; and (2) purchase R-12 and ozone-depleting blend substitutes for R-12 (right now, all blends are ozone-depleting). This portion of the EPA web site lists contact information, and where available, links to certification programs.
Source: U.S. EPA
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Final Rule Summary
Abstract: This page provides a summary of the Significant New Alternatives Policy for ozone depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Anyone who produces a substitute must provide the Agency with health and safety studies, as well as notify the Agency at least 90 days before introducing it into interstate commerce for use as an alternative. This requirement applies to chemical manufacturers, but may include importers, formulators or end-users when they are responsible for introducing a substitute into commerce.
Source: U.S. EPA
Ten Questions to Ask Before You Purchase an Alternative Refrigerant
Abstract: This fact sheet provides guidance for choosing alternative refrigerants marketed for use in the motor vehicle and stationary/commercial sectors. This information may be of use for retrofitting salvaged vehicles for resale.
Source: U.S. EPA