On April 7, 2017 SGIA attended an environmental roundtable meeting hosted by the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. The roundtable focused on pertinent environmental regulations and how they might affect small businesses. First, Niva Kramek from the EPA presented on proposed regulations under TSCA for Methylene Chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). Both of these chemicals are used in paint and coating removal and will be limited for these purposes.
Next, the SBA led a discussion on the Trump Administration’s actions to reduce regulations. Executive Order 13771 focuses on reducing and controlling regulatory costs (by removing two regulations before one can be proposed), but does not mention the impact on small business. The SBA stated that regulatory changes can be harmful for small businesses for several reasons. Larger businesses often have more resources to deal with regulatory changes, for instance. Another issue is that business who have already put in time and money to comply with a certain regulation will be at a disadvantage when the laws change – giving a competitive advantage to newer businesses or those who were not in compliance.
Finally, it was announced that the EPA will be holding a stakeholder meeting on April 25, 2017. This meeting will provide interested parties with the opportunity to address which regulations they believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified. At the environmental roundtable, attendees did not have concerns about any specific regulations.
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The US EPA plans to hold a stakeholder meeting on EPA Rules that can be repealed, replaced or modified to reduce regulatory burdens under Executive Order 13777 Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. SGIA has submitted comments on these initiatives in response to a Notice for Public Comment issued by the US Department of Commerce. SGIA will be participating and offering public comments at the US EPA stakeholder meeting on environmental regulations that would benefit from streamlining. SGIA has long supported the development and implementation of programs and initiatives addressing the streamlining of regulations for printing operations. These efforts, once implemented, provide a cost-effective solution to compliance with all regulatory initiatives and most importantly, protection for the industry, environment, and our employee base. For more information, please contact Marci Kinter at email@example.com
Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, was issued by President Trump on Feb. 24, 2017. In response to this EO, the US Department of Commerce issued a public notice in the March 7, 2017 Federal Register calling for the manufacturing base to submit comments on the “Impact of Federal Regulations on Domestic Manufacturing.” SGIA, in conjunction with the Printing Industries of America and Flexographic Technical Association, stated in its comments that printing trade associations have long supported the development and implementation of programs and initiatives addressing the streamlining of regulations for printing operations. These efforts, once implemented, provide a cost-effective solution to compliance with all regulatory initiatives and most importantly, protection for the industry, environment, and our employee base. For a complete copy of the comments submitted, please contact Marci Kinter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 28, 2017 SGIA submitted comments to Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality regarding the state’s proposed rule on industrial solvent use. The state agency is proposing to remove all mentions of industrial cleaning solvents from their degreasing rule, R307-335. Furthermore, the proposed rule R307-304 is the new industrial cleaning solvent rule which adopts standards based on the recommendations of the EPA’s Industrial Cleaning Solvent Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG).
In our comments, we supported the proposed 500 g/L VOC limit for screen printing operations. Solvents are used in such key areas of the screen printing process, and as such it is essential that VOC limits are set at a reasonable level.
SGIA also recommended that the department exempt cleaning operations associated with digital printing. The CTG was first drafted in the 1990s and does not address digital printing or other emerging sectors. Due to this, other states have already exempted industrial cleaning assisted with digital printing from their own state VOC regulations.
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On March 22, 2017 SGIA attended the First 100 Days 2017 Legislative Conference, co-hosted by NPES and Idealliance. Members of both the United States House of Representatives as well as members of the printing, imaging, and mailing industry were invited to attend the conference.
The program included several panels on issues that could have a significant impact on the printing industry. With the new administration, there are expected to be many policy changes that printers should be aware of. Topics included healthcare reform, regulatory and workplace policy, trade policy, and tax policy.
The first panel focused on regulatory and workplace issues and highlighted the importance of small businesses to our country’s workforce. The healthcare panel discussed the American Health Care Act, which if passed would repeal the Affordable Care Act and make key changes such as tax credit structure changes, the phasing out of Medicaid, and the removal of penalty taxes for not having insurance. The third panel was focused on the Trump administration’s trade policy, which is one based on trade agreements to reduce the US trade deficit. The final panel focused on the tax policies of the new administration, which included discussion of the House Ways and Means Committee tax reform Blueprint.
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