A letter from Councilmember McDuffie: Introducing a moratorium on auto paint spray booths

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Dear Residents, Ward 5 is home to a significant number of auto paint spray booths. These businesses, in many instances, operate without the proper buffers, and given their proximity to residences, negatively impact the quality of air, water and soil for many of our neighbors. Yesterday, I introduced a bill that will prohibit the issuance of paint spray booth permits for a period of two years. If the Council enacts the “Moratorium on Paint Spray Booth Permits in Ward 5 Temporary Act of 2015”, it is my hope that the District Department of the Environment will have enough time to review this issue and develop stricter standards, particularly around the release of volatile organic compounds. Since taking office, air quality has been a major policy focus of my legislative agenda.…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s follow-up letter on last night’s DDOE public hearing

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Dear Residents, Last night, I joined community leaders and residents at the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to testify against two proposed air quality permits to operate auto body paint spray booths in Ward 5’s Brookland and Woodridge neighborhoods. The first permit, #6963, to T&W Auto Company, Inc., is to locate at 1736 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and the second, #6962, to SMART Automotive, is to locate at 2615 Evarts Street, NE. As I mentioned in my testimony, I have submitted seven letters opposing the issuance of paint spray booth permits in Ward 5 since taking office in 2012. In the letters, I speak to the environmental and health effects of the volatile organic compounds emitted by paint spray booths. Air quality has been a major policy focus of…
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Councilmember McDuffie Asks Residents to Testify at Auto Body Paint Spray Booth Public Hearing on January 12

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On Monday, January 12, at 5:30 p.m., the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) will be holding a public hearing at 1200 First Street, NE, to hear testimony from residents regarding proposed air quality permits for two auto body paint spray booths to be located at 1736 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and 2615 Evarts Street, NE. Painting at spray booths generates hazardous emissions that can impact public health and air and water quality. Additionally, both proposed locations border multiple residences. Please join the Councilmember in testifying at the hearing and opposing these permits. Residents who wish to testify must submit their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and affiliation, if any, to Stephen Ours, Chief of DDOE’s Permitting Branch, by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 12, at stephen.ours@dc.gov. Residents are also invited…
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