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The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) works to promote effective intergovernmental cooperation and coordinated approaches to environmental issues such as air pollution. The Council is comprised of 14 environment ministers from the federal, provincial and territorial governments. They normally meet at least once a year to discuss national environmental priorities and determine work to be carried out under the direction of CCME.
CCME members collectively establish nationally-consistent Canadian environmental standards, strategies and objectives so as to achieve a high level of environmental quality across the country.

The CCME has issued two standards relating to the collision repair industry.

1. National Standard and Guidelines for the Reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds from Canadian Commercial/Industrial Surface Coating Operations - Automotive Refinishing PN1278

2. National Standards for the Volatile Organic Compound Content of Canadian Commercial/Industrial Surface Coating Products - Automotive Refinishing PN1288

These standards contain useful work practices that can help a facility reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds. For example, the standards promote the use of low VOC coatings and HVLP spray guns, as well as maintenance and operational standards for spray booths. Copies can be obtained from the CCME, or on line from the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association web site:

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