Clean Air Resource Center (CARC)

In 1996, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) created the Clean Air  Resource Center (CARC) to serve Ohio's small businesses and make clean air compliance more affordable. Since then, we have helped numerous Ohio small businesses improve air quality for their community, create a healthier environment for their employees, and do so affordably and easily.

For small business owners, it can be challenging and time-consuming to navigate environmental regulations, and paying for upgrades can be difficult. CARC can help.

We're not part of the Ohio EPA, and we do not enforce air quality regulations. What we do is help Ohio businesses, in coordination with or independently of the Ohio EPA, meet EPA regulations while also reducing costs and gaining tax exemptions.

We can work with the Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP), a non-regulatory program that helps Ohio businesses and organizations comply with environmental regulations, prevent pollution, develop and achieve sustainability goals and finance recycling and litter prevention efforts, to provide Ohio small businesses with free and confidential assessment, assistance, and advice.

All information is completely confidential—state law prohibits the Ohio EPA from using this information in any enforcement action.

Can the Clean Air Resource Center help your business?

OAQDA can work with any Ohio small businesses that must comply with the Clean Air Act—which includes hundreds of different industries, including but not limited to businesses that bake, brew, mill, mold, paint, print, refine, repair, treat or transport.
Your business can qualify if you:
• Employ one hundred or fewer employees
• Maintain offices or operating facilities in Ohio
• Your principal place of business is in the state
• Have financial difficulty complying with the “Clean Air
Act Amendments of 1990.”
• Emit less than seventy-five (75) tons per year of all
regulated pollutants, and emit fifty (50) tons or less per year of any regulated pollutant