The purpose of the National Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) is to foster small business success through
improved environmental performance by:
- Assisting in the development, implementation, and continued improvement of the state CAPs
pursuant to Section 507 of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990.
- Facilitating communication among businesses, state programs, Small Business Ombudsman (SBO)/Small
Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) Steering Committee, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- Promoting and marketing existing state program components: SBOs, SBEAPs, and CAPs.
History and Current Status
State CAPs are required under the Clean
Air Act as amended in 1990, as part of a state technical assistance
program, to help small businesses comply with the Act. Each CAP
is responsible for determining the overall effectiveness of its state/territory
program. Among their many duties, members review and render
advisory opinions on their state’s/territory's assistance program, ensure that
information affecting small businesses is written in a style that is
clear and understandable, and serve as an information bridge between
small businesses and their state’s/territory's program.
The NCAP was established in 2001. During the April 2001 national Small
Business Ombudsman/Small Business Assistance Program (SBO/SBAP)
conference in Austin, Texas, state CAP members in attendance voted to
form a National CAP. This vote also received wide support from state SBOs and SBAPs.
This panel is comprised of one representative from each of the ten regions, two
members-at-large, the Vice Chair of the SBO/SBAP National Steering Committee or
his/her designee, the EPA SBO, and an EPA NCAP Liaison. The Steering
Committee Vice Chair and EPA representatives are an integral part of the NCAP,
but serve in an advisory capacity to the membership, and have no voting rights.
The NCAP is led by a Chair and a Vice Chair elected by the voting members.
The first meeting of the National CAP was held in Washington, DC on June 20-21, 2001.
The group meets quarterly -- in person or by conference call. The National
CAP is supported by the EPA SBO.
The NCAP's original guidelines were fashioned after the guidelines of the SBO/SBAP
National Steering Committee. Through the past three years, various
situations have arisen that indicated that the guidelines did not adequately
address the needs of the NCAP. Thus, a member was assigned to draft
revisions that were thoroughly reviewed, discussed, and commented on by all
members. Final revised NCAP Guidelines were approved during the NCAP
Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the National Conference in Sacramento in
June 2004. Subsequently, on March 15, 2005, members voted to revise the
clarify member release language.
In February 2003, NCAP members met with congressional representatives and/or
their staffs in Washington, DC to increase awareness of the SBO/SBAP by
high-ranking members of Congress and their staffs; to introduce to them
representatives of the US small business community who strongly support and can
attest to the benefits provided by the state SBOs/SBAPs; and to provide specific
examples of direct assistance. Members felt that this Congressional
Outreach effort was extremely successful and that it significantly raised
awareness of the state SBAPs, as well as provided the vehicle for establishing a
direct line between actual small business owners and Congress. Shortly
after these visits, Massachusetts re-established an SBO and an SBAP.
The NCAP wants very much to share information and maintain interaction with
state CAPs, SBOs, and SBAPs. Thus, members agreed to have copies of the "NCAP
News" sent to all state CAP members, SBOs, and SBAPs, nationwide. In order
to highlight activities undertaken by state CAPs, a new section was created
entitled "State CAP Highlights." State CAPs are requested to provide input
for future issues of the newsletter.
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