Hello everyone. I am new to this site. I stumbled accross it while researching opinions on the new EPA regulations about to go into effect. I have been in the autobody industry over 30 years but it seems to me that big changes are about to happen. This new EPA regulation requires ALL body shops to register by january 2010 and then fully comply by january 2011 (for existing shops). Most of the requirements are not things most large shops are already doing (most of the time anyway). However, I know some of the requirements are not being met by many of the smaller shops (like mine). I have a paint booth but not a $20000 down-draft negative pressure, manufactured booth. Mine is more of a paint ROOM then a "Booth". It seems the new regulation is going to force many of the small shops out of business. I also have some friends who do mobile repairs at dealership lots, and from what I read, they could never comply. Some have said the EPA doesn't have enough staff to police the new regulations so they plan to "take their chances". I am afraid that if a person is found doing business and not in compliance, there will be some major fines. Some people I've talked to say they haven't heard about the new requirements. We've all heard that 'ignorance of the law is no excuse', do you think the EPA is going to crack down on all theses small businesses that are not meeting the requirements?