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Important pollution prevention challenges faced by the salvage industry include preventing the release of liquid hazardous materials such as oils and lead-acid battery contents into the soils, groundwater, and surface waters, and the release of air conditioning refrigerants such as chloroflorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere. Contamination can occur at many stages of salvage operations. Soil, groundwater and air contamination can occur during vehicle disassembly and fluid drainage operations. Contamination can also result from improper parts, fluids and refrigerant storage. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with regional Solid Waste Management Districts and Alliances, put together a program to assist Vermont's auto salvage yard operators with understanding and complying with environmental regulations. As part of the program, eight workshops were held across the state. A Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide [PDF, 202KB] was developed to help auto salvage yards reduce their environmental impacts and liability. A number of fact sheets were also developed that are designed to assist operators with environmental compliance issues. NOTE: For the most updated regulations, please visit the Compliance Assistance Resource Page.

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Environmental Laws Pertaining to Salvage Yards
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Environmental Laws Pertaining to Salvage Yards

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