About the STERC

The Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC) is an Internet-based organization which was established in 1995 under a program jointly funded by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The STERC is the most comprehensive environmental, technical, and pollution prevention metal finishing resource available worldwide. Key STERC features include:

  • A searchable technical database containing over 7,000 articles, papers and reports covering metal finishing process and pollution control topics.
  • Environmental compliance assistance tools, including full text regulations, late-breaking directives, and interpretations from EPA and states.
  • Specifications (with index) used in metal finishing.
  • Shop, supplier, and people directories containing over 8,000 entries.
  • Interactive features where users can quickly obtain reliable information from industry experts.
  • On-line calculators designed for finishing needs.

The Administrative Director of STERC is Lisa Stobierski. Regulatory and technical questions regarding metal finishing can be directed to George Cushnie. Technical questions regarding this website should be directed here



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 STERC 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.