Frequent Questions

How can a small business owner get help understanding requirements and regulations?

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

EPA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) advocates and advances the business, regulatory, and environmental compliance concerns of small and socio-economically disadvantaged businesses and minority academic institutions. 

The Agency's Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman (ASBO), operates a toll-free hotline for the convenience of small businesses, trade associations, and the general public, seeking free, confidential help as it relates to asbestos and a variety of environmental regulatory topics.

Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman Hotline:
Toll free: (800)-368-5888 or (202)-566-1970 (in DC area)
8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Compliance Assistance

EPA's Compliance Program offers Resources and Guidance Documents for Compliance Assistance (click on the "Small Business" link) to assist small businesses with understanding and complying with environmental requirements. 

Compliance Assistance Centers help businesses, local governments, and federal facilities understand federal environmental requirements and save money through pollution prevention techniques.

Regional compliance assistance is also available. Regional compliance assistance activities include developing and conducting workshops and training sessions, responding to questions from the regulated community, developing and distributing guidance materials and providing direct on-site compliance assistance. To get information about your local Compliance Assistance Coordinator you may contact your EPA Regional Office.


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