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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Air Permitting Issues

Does your facility need an air permit?

Federal and state laws set thresholds for the amount of several different pollutants that facilities can emit into the air over the course of a year. Air pollution control permits lay out these thresholds and other requirements that facilities must meet to comply with air regulations. These thresholds are based on both the pollution the facility actually emits and on the potential emissions of a facility's equipment, depending on the permit.

Not all facilities need air permits. A printing facility's need for a permit, and the type of permit required, is based on facility size, type and quantity of pollutants emitted, printing processes used (e.g., sheetfed litho or digital), whether the facility is located in an ozone attainment or nonattainment area, and other factors specific to each permit.

In general, there are two main categories of permits:

  • Construction permits are needed to modify or add new air pollution sources, such as a printing press or boiler. The construction permit is critical because it ensures that the equipment will meet all appropriate regulations before being operated.
  • Operation permits are needed to cover their entire operations. Operation permits set limits on emissions and establish monitoring, record-keeping and reporting requirements. In some cases, operation permits allow construction and modification of equipment. Some facilities and construction projects may be eligible for permit exemptions.

Does your facility need an air permit? All states have permitting requirements and SGIA has made it easy for you – click on your state for a quick overview.  Still more questions, contact Marci Kinter at


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