Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center


The STERC provides the metal finishing industry with environmental compliance information. The site includes overviews of the regulations, tips on how to comply, best practice solutions that can help the environment while saving you money, and links to other resources that can help this sector. The STERC also highlights new rules and compliance deadlines.

To supplement these compliance assistance resources, we have developed educational courses, including on-line and hard copy books, covering a range of production and environmental topics. These are on-sale through the STERC bookstore.

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program.

EPA Finalizes Amendments to Chromium NESHAP
The changes lower allowable surface tension levels and emissions...

Metal Finishers may see new Superfund financial assurance requirements. EPA is developing financial assurance requirements to help ensure that owners and operators of facilities foot the bill for environmental cleanup ...

OSHA has issued an instruction to provide guidelines and establish uniform inspection and compliance procedures for the Chromium PEL. This new directive sets forth OSHA's policy and guidance for enforcing the hexavalent chromium workplace exposure standard ...

Future of Metal Finishing Report
The NMFRC has published a report entitled Future of Metal Finishing. The technology section is based on the results of a survey of experts from job and captive shops and suppliers/consultants. If you have a stake in the surface finishing industry, this report was written for you...

The Foundation was constituted in 2006 to support the emerging demands of global surface technology value chain. Our Educational Programs are well recognized in the industry and include:

  • Class Room Courses
  • Home Study
  • Custom Courses
  • Webinars
  • Advanced Surface Technology
    (2-volume set)

We offer globally recognized certification, starting with the basic level Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF), all the way to Master Surface Finisher (MSF). To find out more about AESF Foundation educational materials, register for courses on-line, or down load a course catalog, click here.

To supplement our free on-line compliance assistance resources, we have developed special educational materials. These include:

  • A Library - Extensive on-line technical library (over 8,000 documents)
  • Pollution Prevention & Control Technology Manual - Comprehensive book covering pollution prevention and control technologies
  • Hard Chrome Plating Course (book and on-line)
  • On-line Tools such as the Plating Calculator and other resources

These items can be purchased as single products or combined into affordable packages. For more information, click here.

NASF Leadership Conference
Feb. 26 - March 2, 2017
Naples, Florida

NASF Washington Forum
April 25-27, 2017
Washington, D.C.

June 19-21, 2017
Atlanta, GA



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The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation.
You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on NMFRC refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards
that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.