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.



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The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on NMFRC refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

The NMFRC provides the metal finishing industry with environmental compliance information. The site includes overviews of the regulations, tips on how to comply, best practice solutions that can help the environment while saving you money, and links to other resources that can help this sector. The NMFRC also highlights new rules and compliance deadlines.

To supplement these compliance assistance resources, we have developed educational courses, including on-line and hard copy books, covering a range of production and environmental topics. These are on-sale through the NMFRC bookstore.

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Bill Chenevert, Administrative Director, wchenevert@ncms.org.

Urgent News
Hard Chrome Platers:
by Sept. 21, 2015, the use of PFOS-based fume suppressants must be eliminated, see new rule.

EPA's Chromium NESHAP requires that new housekeeping requirements must be implemented by March 19, 2013. See NMFRC fact sheet.

OSHA Hexavalent Chrome Deadline for Engineering Controls is May 31, 2010. More ...

Metal Finishing Shops must Submit Plating and Polishing NESHAP Notification of Compliance Status by July 1, 2010. More ...

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). Regulated facilities must develop and implement SPCC Plans by Nov. 10, 2011 that establish procedures and equipment requirements to help prevent oil discharges from reaching navigable waters.

EPA Enforcement of TRI Form R Threshold Determinations for "Manufactured Metal Compounds" in Plating Baths. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently acted to enforce the reporting obligation contained in Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) that applies to surface finishing processes. See: NASF article.

Proposed Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements. This rule proposes updates to the hazardous waste generator regulations. It provides for some flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed and closes important gaps in the regulations. More ...

EPA Finalizes Amendments to Chromium NESHAP - The changes lower allowable surface tension levels and emissions. See NMFRC fact sheet.

Metal Finishers may see new Superfund financial assurance requirements. EPA is developing financial assurance requirements to help ensure that owners and operators of facilities foot the bill for environmental cleanup.

OSHA has issued an Instruction to provide guidelines and establish uniform inspection and compliance procedures for the Chromium PEL. This new directive sets forth OSHA’s policy and guidance for enforcing the hexavalent chromium workplace exposure standard. More ...

Future of Metal Finishing Report
The NMFRC has published a report entitled Future of Metal Finishing. The technology section is based on the results of a survey of experts from job and captive shops and suppliers/consultants. If you have a stake in the surface finishing industry, this report was written for you.

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On-line Inspection Survival Course for Metal Finishers.
NMFRC is now offering an on-line course delivered entirely over the Internet designed to help your shop survive an EPA or state agency inspection. It contains a wealth of information, including real-life examples from metal finishers who have recently survived their own inspections.

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