SBEAP Contacts

Environmental Project Manager

800-780-7227 (in NYS only)


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Latest Air News


NYS DEC made changes to Part 228-1, Surface Coating Processes that went into effect June 5, 2013. Most Metal & Plastic Coating operations and Wood Coating operations located downstate (Lower Orange, Rockland, Westchester, NYC, Nassau & Suffolk) will be required to use High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray guns or other high transfer efficiency coating application. Some upstate facilities will also be affected.

Additionally, the maximum allowed VOC content for some metal and plastic coatings were lowered.  For wood coatings, VOC content is now calculated as a ratio of pounds VOCs per pound of Solids, as applied.  Your current coatings may not be in compliance.  Contact the SBEAP for more details.  To view the revised regulation in its entirety, click here.

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Help from SBEAP


Jon Dougherty reporting for
Capital District's Business Beat
(Time Warner Cable)


Under New York State Law, all information that a small business reveals to the SBEAP is strictly confidential, unless there is an imminent threat to health or safety. There is no time limit on the confidentiality of information that a small business reveals to the SBEAP and such information will not be passed on to regulatory authorities. EFC, which administers the SBEAP, is not a regulatory agency and has no enforcement capabilities.

The SBEAP cannot guarantee immunity from enforcement action should a regulatory agency independently uncover violations. However, businesses working with the Program may benefit since a good-faith effort to come into compliance can be demonstrated to regulatory authorities.

 Small Business Environmental
 Assistance Program


"Thank you, SBEAP, for all your help.  There are no words to describe the amount of help that your agency has provided us at Fearby Enterprise.
I would highly recommend SBEAP to anyone that needs your service!!"

Tim Fearby, President
Fearby Enterprise Co., Inc.
Medina, NY

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) provides free, confidential technical assistance to New York’s small-business owners to assist them in complying with state and federal air regulations.  SBEAP’s partner is the Small Business Environmental Ombudsman of Empire State Development.  Under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, every state across the nation must provide a small business assistance program to help businesses understand if air requirements apply to them and, if so, the necessary steps to become compliant.

What does SBEAP do?

  • We operate a toll-free technical assistance hotline to answer questions from small businesses, help determine what regulations apply to their operations, and help them understand how to comply with those regulations.
  • We assist businesses with completing the required authorizations and supporting documentation, including permit applications forms for State Facility Permits or Minor Facility Registrations, emission inventories, air dispersion modeling and compliance plans.
  • We provide pollution prevention suggestions in the areas of material substitution and process modification that may alleviate regulatory requirements.
  • As needed, we conduct on-site technical assistance visits to evaluate the site-specific compliance issues at your business.
  • We prepare technical publications (factsheets and brochures) to provide both general compliance information and information for specific industry sectors
  • We sponsor and co-sponsor seminars and workshops across the state to bring technical information to locations near your business.
  • We help new businesses understand what requirements must be met upon start-up.
There are more than 50,000 small businesses in New York State that may be subject to federal and/or state air emission requirements. The SBEAP is dedicated to helping those businesses come into compliance.

Information by Business Sector


EFC has organized the information on its SBEAP website primarily by business sector.  We hope this will make it easier for you to find the information you seek.

The SBEAP has developed several brief technical factsheets, articles, and other helpful materials for many industry sectors. These materials summarize requirements and technical tips that apply to specific industries and processes.

To view the factsheets, articles and other helpful materials online, select your business sector from the list below.

Client Feedback


"The SBEAP assistance we received was critical in the success of the wood-fired boiler project.
While the overall lumber market is currently slow, without this project we would have had to reduce production.
The SBEAP made the application process painless."

Pat Jones,
Great Lakes Veneer

"The service SBEAP has given my company at this early stage of development is exactly what is needed for us to move forward.  Your program successfully saved my company the significant time and expense of filing for an air permit application and developing an emissions record keeping system. 
Thank you."

Nick Rotolo
Elegrace Casket, Inc.