EPA 6H Rule

Learn how the EPA 6H Rule affects primers with heavy metals.

Avoid expensive fines by understanding the regulations, your obligations and options.
A Federal EPA regulation called the EPA Rule 40 CFR Part 63 subpart HHHHHH (EPA 6H Rule) came into effect in 2011 regarding the use of five heavy metals in spray applied primers and topcoats within the sign industry. As of January of 2010, all users of these types of products must register with the EPA, and then by January 2011 regulations regarding them will change. We have provided a variety of resources below for you to view to help you learn more and understand about the rules and regulations regarding the new EPA 6H Rule.

View our Unofficial Online Summary Guide detailing the new EPA 6H Rule regarding the use of spray applied primers and topcoats within the sign industry.

View the online guide!

Download our Matthews Paint EPA 6H Overview Chart for a list of MPC products that contain "target HAPs" as identified and regulated under the NESHAP 6H rule and all other MPC products are "target HAP" free.

Download the chart.

Download the MPC Resource Guide for the new EPA 6H Rule to see what MPC users are affected and how to find more information about the new rules and regulations.

Download the guide.

Operations affected by the EPA 6H Ruling must make initial notification to the EPA by January 11, 2010, be compliant with the ruling by January 10, 2011, and submit notification of compliance to the EPA by March 11, 2011.

Download an example of an Initial Notification and Notification of Compliance Status Form

The brochure from EPA gives a brief summary of the EPA 6H Rule.

Download the pdf.

Resource Links:

Click on the links below to view the variety of sources for information about the EPA 6H Rule.

EPA 6H Rule Information


State Requirements Information


Certification Resource