The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP), established under Section 507 of the Clean Air Act, is a resource available to help small businesses understand and comply with environmental regulations. Florida's SBEAP is housed within the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Resource Management. Although the SBEAP is primarily air-focused, staff either provide direct assistance with multimedia questions or refer customers to the appropriate environmental program area.
To qualify for assistance as a small business, the business must have fewer than 100 employees, release less than 75 tons of all regulated air pollutants and release less than 50 tons of any single regulated air pollutant.
The SBEAP disseminates news and information on environmental regulations that may affect small businesses and develops fact sheets, booklets, forms and other materials for specific industries covered under the Air General Permit Program.
Alexandra Buss Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Resource Management 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 5500 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 Toll-Free: 800-722-7457 Office: 850-717-9027 Email: Alex.Buss@floridadep.gov
The Small Business Ombudsperson oversees the SBEAP and serves as an advocate for Florida's small businesses. The ombudsperson is responsible for keeping small businesses informed of impending or new regulations and associated requirements to enhance awareness and compliance, ensuring that small business interests are represented during the rule-making process, and providing confidential assistance to small-business owners as requested.
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