Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:21

Valley Ventura CAA Chapter Discusses SCAQMD Compliance and Fraud

The Valley Ventura chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) held their monthly meeting on January 19 at Giovanni’s Steak & Seafood  in Simi Valley. 52 guests were in attendance.

Wayne Barcikowski and Van Phan started off the speakers by outlining the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) rule 1147 and how it affects local shop owners.

Air Quality Management District Rule 1147, regarding low NOx burners, was recently postponed—making all shops required to be compliant by the end of 2011. According to Linda Holcomb with the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, the postponement was a result of Barcikowski  hearing a lot of shops speak out about their inability to afford to conform to Rule 1147 by 2011 at three CAA meetings he spoke at last year.

The requirement was postponed due to the SCAQMD workshopping some new technology  used to reduce old gas burners to under 30 parts per million.

Body shops are encouraged to visit www.aqmd.gov for more information about air quality requirements. Body shops can also find information on SCAQMD’s website about potential rebates for some of the burner permit fees. Contact SCAQMD’s permit information center at 909-396-2468 for rebate questions.

“In some cases, you may be eligible for a rebate on some of those fees,” said Holcomb.

Rich Winfield, with Southern California Boiler, also spoke about the specifics of low NOx burners and power flame. His intent was to show shops how they can get their equipment up to compliance with Rule 1147 by next year.

Criminal Defense Attorney Dyke Huish—well known in the industry for representing 13 body shop owners and technicians in court following the highly publicized Orange County body shop raids in 2010—spoke on how shops can prepare themselves for an undercover fraud sting operation coming in to their business. Huish, the former District Attorney for Orange County, has advocated shops maintaining their fifth amendment rights to avoid implicating themselves in investigations.

The meeting was sponsored by American Financial Network, Pre-paid Legal Services and Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.

For more information please contact Cindy Shillito at 714-944-4028 or radiatorgirl@socal.rr.com.