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DATE: July 14, 2010
James Martin, NHDES, 603-271-3710,
Dan Bennett, NHADA, 603 224-2369,

New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association
Recognized Nationally for Environmental Leadership

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA) has received national recognition for its successful programs bringing New Hampshire’s collision repair industry into compliance with stringent, new environmental regulations.

The NHADA was singled out for the 2010 Trade Association Environmental Leadership Award, bestowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its national steering committee of the Small Business Ombudsman/Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBO/SBEAP). Formal recognition occurred in ceremonies during the 17th Annual National SBO/SBEAP Conference in Arlington, VA. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) nominated NHADA for the national award.

In partnership with the NH DES Small Business Technical Assistance Program (SBTAP), NHADA provided outreach to members of the collision repair industry on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new NESHAP (National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) 6H spray finishing rule as well as other environmental compliance matters regulating auto body shops.

NHADA showed exemplary performance and leadership by enhancing members’ compliance with applicable environmental regulations and encouraging stewardship of the environment, according to a statement from the SBO/SBEAP.

Receiving the award for the NHADA was Daniel Bennett, NHADA environmental specialist and vice president for government relations. Mr. Bennett and Sara Johnson of the NHDES SBTAP who is the NH Small Business Ombudsman created – and continue to work together – on environmental compliance assistance programs to assist collision repair businesses, of which there are over 600 in NH, to operate in a more productive, profitable, and environmentally protective manner.

Thomas S. Burack, Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services commented, “I want to commend the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association for its leadership in providing its members with critical environmental information. Through NHADA’s work, its members and industry-related partners are learning the benefits of environmentally sustainable practices that make good business sense.”

The NHADA is a statewide trade association with a staff of 29 professionals, representing roughly 550 businesses in the motor vehicle industry that employ about 13,000 individuals. Members run the entire gamut of the motor vehicle industry, including new-car and new-truck dealers; motorcycle, recreational vehicle, and farm equipment dealers; used-vehicle dealers and wholesalers; repair shops, body shops, and parts stores; franchised power and construction equipment dealers; and other companies who are associated with the motor vehicle industry. Annual retail sales of all members represents over 25 percent of all retail sales in New Hampshire.

For more information about the National Small Business Awards Recognition Program as well the services offered nationally by the Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs, visit the web page at The web page is maintained by Audrey Zelanko, Vision Technologies Incorporated, as part of the Small Business Environmental home page.

Further details available on request.

Additional Contacts:
Sara J. Johnson, M.S.
Small Business Technical Assistance Program
NH Department of Environmental Services
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Phone (in-state only): 800-837-0656

National Steering Committee
Phyllis Copeland
Awards Subcommittee Chair

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(left to right) Sara J. Johnson, NHDES small technical assistance program; Dan Bennett, NHADA environmental affairs specialist, holding award; Joan Rogers, U.S.EPA asbestos and small business ombudsman office.

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