Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)


The Mississippi Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Mississippi Environmental Compliance Assistance Program sustains and strengthens MDEQ’s relationship with elected officials, industry, small businesses, government agencies and civic and community groups. The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) provides training and support to small businesses to assist them in complying with environmental regulations. These programs provide information of interest to small business owners, small business assistance providers, and the public on EPA’s programs and resources available to small businesses.

The program consists of three components working together to help small businesses:

  • A SBEAP Technical Assistance Coordinator that provides help to small businesses.
  • A Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) to advocate on behalf of small businesses within the regulatory environment.
  • A Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) of small businesses owners and small business representatives ensure the program meets the needs of Mississippi’s small businesses.
About the SBEAP

The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 in Section 507 requires each state establish a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) to assist small businesses with environmental compliance and emissions reduction.

The program provides small business owners with free, confidential, non-regulatory technical assistance regarding environmental regulations and environmental compliance.

What makes me a small business under the SBEAP?

A Small Business:

  • Employs 100 or fewer employees
  • Meets the federal Small Business Act (SBA) definition of a small business
  • Cannot be a major stationary source of air pollution
    • Source emits less than 50 tons per year of any regulated pollutant
    • Emits less than 75 tons per year of all regulated pollutants
  • Cannot be a large quantity generator of hazardous waste
How to request the assistance of the SBEAP

The owner or operator of a small business may submit a request for assistance directly via written request, email to or by calling the SBEAP Hotline: 1-833-256-4820.

Type of Assistance Provided:
  • Pre-permitting assistance
  • Onsite compliance assessment
  • Monitoring resources and tools
  • Workshops/Meetings
  • Publications/Fact Sheets
The SBEAP has provided assistance to municipalities and the following businesses/industries:
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Childcare/Schools
  • Construction
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Furniture
  • Metal Finishing
  • Painting & Coating
  • Salvage/Recyclers
Call 1-833-256-4820 to see if SBEAP can assist you.
To contact staff, click here.
Pollution Prevention (P2)

Pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of nontoxic or less toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.

Dry Cleaners

To assist Dry Cleaners with monitoring requirements, the SBEAP has developed a MS 2020 Dry Cleaner Calendar. This monitoring and record keeping tool is designed to remind the owner/operator to conduct monthly monitoring. Easy to use charts are included for each month to assist the business with documenting inspections and materials usage information. The calendar allows for all the reports for the year to be bound in one document.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  MACT Subpart M (40 CFR Part 63) requires existing dry cleaner sources to discontinue the use of perchloroethylene (PCE) machines no later than December 21, 2020.
Need an alternative to Perc., visit PERC.

Dry cleaners interested in receiving a calendar, contact the SBEAP team by email at or 1-833-256-4820.

Auto Salvage/Recyclers

Auto salvage businesses can play a vital role in protecting the environment from the impact of automotive waste filling the landfills. Salvaged vehicles have parts that can be recycled or reused. This industry is one of the best examples of recycling/reuse materials that are normally disposed of as waste. Not only is it environmentally beneficial, but it can also be an economical benefit to the business owner.

Auto Parts/Materials that can be reused/recycled:

  • Batteries
    • Recycle for pickup by battery handler for lead recovery
  • Drums
    • Reuse/Use to store automotive fluids for reuse or recycle
    • Reuse/Use to store waste for proper waste disposal
  • Fluids (oil, anti-freeze, fuel, transmission fluid, etc.)
    • Some fluids can be removed from salvage vehicles for reuse in other vehicles.
    • Fluids that cannot be reused may be recycled
  • Metal (steel & aluminum)
    • Recycle and send to a scrap yard for cash
  • Oil Filters
    • Recycle for proper disposal
  • Pallets
    • Reuse to store automotive parts awaiting shipment to recycler
    • Recycle to be used as fuel or mulch
  • Tires
    • Reuse/Recycle to prevent disposal in a landfill

Asbestos is a fibrous material that is an airborne hazard and can create a health risk if inhaled. Asbestos contractors must be certified and trained in the proper removal, handling, packaging, and disposal of asbestos.

Ways to contain and transport asbestos safely (at a minimum):

  • Wet the area to prevent asbestos fibers from blowing around.
  • Place in a sealed, leak-tight, non-returnable container(s) so the fibers cannot escape. Plastic bags (at least 6-mil thickness), cans, or drums are acceptable.
  • For bulk waste that will not fit in a smaller container without requiring additional breaking, wrap it in packaging that is leak-tight and seal it with packaging/duct tape.
  • When placing the sealed/wrapped waste in a trailer or roll-off bin, the container must be lined with plastic sheeting and covered with a tarp

NOTE: Wetting asbestos waste does not constitute treatment.
To be certified to perform asbestos abatement activities, click here.

Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1-7, 2021

Paper Waste

Recycling and reducing the use of paper can contribute to the preservation of the forests and decrease the amount of paper waste transported to the landfills. Recycling and reusing paper saves energy and reduces air and water pollution from paper manufacturers.

To help save trees and the ecosystems, set up a recycling program to collect and process materials that would normally be thrown away.

Small things to do to save money on paper and reduce paper waste:

  • Print draft documents on the unused side of old papers
  • Use unused paper as scrap paper for notes or memos
  • Only print the pages of a document that are needed
  • Use digital forms
  • Send documents electronically
  • Shred paper and reuse it as packing material

Think before printing or copying!

Also consider reusing/recycling:

  • Cardboard
  • Metals (aluminum, tin, and steel)
  • Plastics
  • Electronic Waste (computers, monitors, cell phones, etc.)
  • Tires
Energy Efficiency

In the energy sector, pollution prevention can reduce environmental damages from extraction, processing, transport, and combustion of fuels. Pollution Prevention approaches include using environmentally friendly fuel sources and increasing efficiency in energy usage.

Energy Efficiency Measures for Small Businesses:

  • Adjust thermostats for seasonal changes
  • Perform monthly maintenance of HVAC equipment to guarantee efficient operation
  • Purchase energy-efficient products and equipment
  • De-lamp/Remove unnecessary lamps in over-lit areas
  • Switch from fluorescent to low mercury lighting to conserve energy and reduce waste
  • Turn off lights when not in use or when there is sufficient natural daylight

Click here for more on MDEQ’s recycling. 

Click here for Low Cost Energy Efficiency measures.

Click here for more P2 Tips for Energy Efficiency.

Click here to learn about Energy Star for Commercial Buildings.