ANN ARBOR — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has launched the Transportation Environmental Resource Center, a new online compliance resource that provides information on environmental regulations for all transportation sectors including road, rail, air, and water.

The site includes overviews of regulations, compliance tips, best practice solutions and links to other tools to help the environment while saving money.

This is the 18th online resource center in a series of Compliance Assistance Centers  funded through Cooperative Agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many of which are managed and hosted by NCMS.

While the initial focus of TERC has been on the road transportation mode developed collaboratively with the American Trucking Associations; additional content will be developed for the other transportation modes in 2012.

“The site is a particularly relevant resource for identifying and understanding the various regulations that pertain to the trucking industry,” said Glen Kedzie, vice president and environmental counsel at ATA. “Whether it is fueling, vehicle maintenance, or waste generation, the site provides information on both state and federal requirements. The information provided applies equally to both large fleets and smaller operations.”

TERC provides easy-to-understand summaries of both federal and state regulations affecting all aspects of road transportation, with links to other web resources for more detailed information.

“A unique feature of TERC is its Compliance Summary Tool,” said Bill Chenevert, EPA Compliance Assistance Site Director for NCMS. “Users simply answer questions regarding their operations to generate a customized compliance assistance checklist for their maintenance facilities or terminals.”

TERC is fully accessible and free to use. The transportation site is the latest in a series of CACs developed and managed by NCMS since 1995. To view the TERC transportation site, go to


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