On February 13, 2017 SGIA attended a public hearing on the proposed Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution by Volatile Organic Compounds and Oxides of Nitrogen. This rule proposes to adopt standards based on the recommendations of the EPA’s Industrial Cleaning Solvent Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG), including implementing control measures for VOC emissions and setting limits on the use of cleaning solvents in screen printing.
An SGIA representative made comments during the hearing, recommending that cleaning activities associated with digital printing be exempt from the VOC control measures and recordkeeping requirements of this rule. Our organization was also instrumental in increasing the limits on solvent use for screen printing, and our comments expressed support for the proposed VOC content limit of 500 grams/liter for cleaning solutions used to clean screen printing equipment.
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On January 23, 2017, SGIA, as part of a group of industry representatives that make up the Graphic Arts Coalition (GAC), submitted comments to Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection regarding their proposed rule on industrial cleaning solvent exemptions. The GAC actively participated with the EPA in developing a federal rule on this issue, and the comments submitted were supportive of the Agency’s proposal to incorporate in the state of Maine the US EPA’s provisions regarding the handling and disposal of solvent contaminated wipes.
However, the goal of the federal EPA rule was to ensure consistency regarding this issue. The GAC felt that the rule had several differences that would make it difficult to consistently enforce this rule. One major difference is that the Maine rule requires that handlers of an in-state generator’s solvent-contaminated wipes must also be in Maine or another state with an equivalent rule. The GAC advocated for the removal of this requirement, which may be difficult or costly for our industry. Further, the state rule contained duplicative and unnecessary language that the GAC supported removing in order to stay consistent with the EPA rule.
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On August 30, 2016, amendments to the Proposition 65 regulations in California were approved, marking the first change in the rule in over 30 years.
In a letter to the Colorado Air Polllution Control Division, SGIA supported the new proposed language included in the Agency's proposed Industrial Solvent Cleaning Rule. The state is proposing to exempt both digital and screen printing operations from the requirements of this new regulation. The state's actions are in line with actions taken by other states. For more information, please contact Marci Kinter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A recent regulatory package issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed changes that would impact the Printer’s Environmental Results Program, or ERP. The ERP program is the regulatory program for printing facilities operating in the state. The DEP proposed, and SGIA supported, a new classification for a “Very Small Printer.”
The proposed amendments include creating a new category of printer called a Very Small Printer (VSP). A VSP is defined in the proposed amendments as those printers that meet all of the following requirements:
• are connected to a municipal sewer,
• generate no more than 55 gallons of hazardous waste per year,
• use no more than 55 gallons of cleanup solution per year, and
• use no more than 55 gallons of alcohol per year.
If adopted, those facilities that can be qualified as Very Small Printers would only be required to file a one-time, rather than an annual, certification and would not pay a corresponding fee.
The comments also recommended the inclusion of a definition for digital printing so that facilities operating digital presses could also qualify under this definition.
SGIA continues to monitor this important state regulatory development.