University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

A Breath of Fresh Air

Although Minnesota is a leader in air quality, air pollution is still a concern in our state. As our knowledge about the harmful effects of air pollution grows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tightening federal air quality standards. If levels of specific pollutants are too high, our state could fall out of compliance with the standards, which can trigger costly regulatory requirements for businesses and local governments. Through continued support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), MnTAP is currently involved with several projects to promote reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute significantly to our state’s air pollution. Reducing VOC emissions has positive health impacts for your employees, the general population, and potentially your bottom line. The reductions can help you:

  • Save money by reducing hazardous waste disposal fees, lowering regulatory obligations, and using fewer chemicals
  • Provide a healthier environment for your employees and community
  • Improve worker productivity and retention and reduce absenteeism
  • Use less protective equipment.

Types of Processes


Automotive Refinishing


Dry Cleaning


Ethanol Production

Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP)

Food Processing


Industrial Painting

Machining & Metal Fabrication

Metal Casting


Metal Finishing


Paint & Wood Finishing


Pulp & Paper Mills

Vehicle Maintenance

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