KANSAS CITY, Mo.-An environmental information center due to open June 1 will put environmental information literally at the fingertips of service technicians, shop owners and others in the automotive service industry. ``GreenLink,'' funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will allow users single-source access to federal, state and local environmental regulations in two ways: via touch-tone telephones and via computer, said Sherman Titens, president of the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR).
Mr. Titens said GreenLink is targeted at service technicians and shop owners, plus service educators, students and others closely involved with the industry.
After conducting several focus groups, Mr. Titens said he became convinced of the need for fast, accurate environmental information.
The federal EPA is providing about $650,000 to fund the project for two years. The information service is free.
CCAR has compiled a vast database of federal, state and local environmental regulations and information and names of contacts that it will mail or fax upon request.
Users who call GreenLink toll-free at 1-888-GRN-LINK (476-5465) can order information from a menu of options by touching appropriate numbers on the telephone keypad, or they may talk to a customer service representative.
Via computer, information can be requested through an e-mail message or on the CCAR's site on the Internet's World Wide Web.
The information will include:
Proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials;
A referral directory listing key people in local communities; and
A training directory of offerings in specific geographic areas.