Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)

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SBCAAC Meeting Tuesday, December 17

The annual meeting of the Small Business Compliance Assistance Advisory Council was held in the Metcalf Building headquarters of DEQ on the Capitol campus, Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The council reviewed the work activities of 2019 and planned activities for 2020.

Interesting Articles:


  • Designed Case Study: Montana Breweries - Assistance Program
  • DEQ Enforcement Actions - Status Report
    • Do you have a spill or complaint to report to DEQ Enforcement? If so, click here for the electronic spill/complaint form. 


Training Opportunities:

  • SafetyFestMT is a collaborative effort between the Montana Department of Labor & Industry and businesses/entities across the state who donate their time to present various topics. This collaboration allows SafetyFestMT to provide FREE quality training to employers and their staff throughout Montana. For more information click here.
  • Montana Environmental Training Center

Helpful Tools:

  • The Montana Business Navigator is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Montana's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Montana. For more information please click here. If you have questions regarding environmental regulations in Montana, please contact John Podolinsky of the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at 800-433-8773.

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is a separate non-regulatory program within the Department of Environmental Quality. The mission of the SBEAP is to assist Montana businesses in understanding and complying with environmental regulations and to go beyond the regulations to prevent pollution and improve environmental quality.* In addition, SBEAP also:

  • Advocates on behalf of small businesses
  • Assists with communication between your small business and DEQ
  • Offers permitting assistance
  • Provides workshops and trainings
  • Mails out informational and informative printings upon request

Assistance from the SBEAP is free, and imposes no obligation on Montana businesses.

*Business-specific information is held confidential from enforcement except in cases of imminent danger to human health and the environment. Small businesses are generally defined as independently owned and operated businesses with fewer than 100 employees that are not major sources of waste or emissions.

For more information or assistance, please contact John Podolinsky at 406-444-6592 or on the SBEAP toll-free hotline at: 800-433-8773


Small Business Compliance Assistance Advisory Council

The Council’s duties are defined in 75-2-106 MCA. The necessity for the state to have a Small Business Compliance Assistance Advisory Council is required by the Federal Clean Air Act, 42 USC 7661f. The Council’s overall responsibilities are to provide input to DEQ regarding the needs of small businesses with respect to environmental regulatory compliance. Council members:

  • Review and render advisory opinions on DEQ’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
  • Ensure information affecting small businesses is written in a style that is clear and understandable
  • Serve as an information bridge between the small business community and DEQ

Annual meeting notes for the Small Business Compliance Assistance Advisory Council: