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National Compliance Assistance Centers

The Centers provide access to the information you need, in a way that helps make sense of environmental regulations.

Each Center addresses real world issues faced by a specific industry or government sector. The Centers deliver information in many forms:

  • Internet Web sites
  • telephone assistance lines
  • e-mail discussion groups

Environmental regulations can be confusing. It's often hard to find out exactly what you need to do, in language that relates directly to the operations of your business or government agency.

Let the Centers help you understand your environmental requirements -- and show you how to save money by preventing pollution in the first place.


US EPA Small Business Resources Information Sheet. This information sheet provides an array of resources, including workshops, training sessions, hotlines, websites and guides, to help small businesses understand and comply with federal and state environmental laws.

EPA Selects New National Compliance Initiatives. The EPA focuses its enforcement and compliance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing national program priorities called National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs). The overarching goal is to increase compliance in the six NCIs for the FY 2020-2023 cycle. EPA/OECA will develop implementation frameworks for each NCI that will include approaches using our full range of compliance assurance tools, including compliance assistance, self-audits, and informal and formal enforcement actions to achieve the goals of each NCI. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/national-compliance-initiatives.

Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses. This new EPA handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations and helps businesses understand how best to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations.

The Environmental Compliance Information for Energy Extraction (ECIEE) Portal has been launched. This site is intended to help the regulated community comply with environmental regulations that affect the exploration/ development, extraction, production and processing of on-shore crude oil and natural gas.

Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC) added an Industry News feature to their homepage. The news is written by PharmEcology Inc., a HERC sponsor.

Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC) added a Technical Articles feature. The articles are written by National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), a STERC sponsor.

Hazardous Waste Portal has been launched. This portal is intended to help generators within most sectors to find federal and state hazardous waste compliance assistance resources.

The Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center has been launched. STERC replaces the National Metal Finishing Resource Center and is the result of a new partnership with NCMS, the AESF Foundation and NASF initiated in 2016 and through continued grant funding from EPA. STERC provides a wealth of useful environmental compliance information to the surface finishing and surface treatment industry.

The Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC) has launched a new section that provides compliance assistance for the Assisted Living/Nursing Home Communities. This section was prepared by HERC staff and reviewed by representatives of the American Healthcare Association (AHA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).

The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center has partnered with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). CICA Center has a new look, new resources and numerous updates. Visit CICA Center at www.cicacenter.org.

NCMS Launches Dental Office Environmental Compliance Assistance Resource The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) launched a Dental Office resource on the existing Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC).

Combustion Portal: The new portal provides federal and state compliance and pollution prevention information regarding: boilers; incinerators; hazardous waste combustion units; power plants, stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines; and wood heating appliances. More ...

Transportation Environmental Resource Center (TERC): The new Center provides information on the environmental regulations that affect the transportation sector (road, rail, air, water). More ...

New Climate Adaptation Program Area Goes Live at FedCenter. More ...