On September 30th, Marci Kinter, SGIA's Vice President - Government & Business Information, in conjunction with representatives from the Great Lakes Graphics Association and Flexographic Technical Association, formally signed the Green Tier Charter to help advance sustainable business practices within the printing industry while improving regulatory efficiency. Printing is a major business sector in Wisconsin with more than 1,000 facilities in operation.
The charter also identifies the linkage between the industry's national Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certification program and Wisconsin's Green Tier program, making it simpler for printers to participate in both and laying out clear expectations for additional learning and sharing.
Green Tier is a voluntary program that recognizes and rewards environmental performance "that voluntarily exceeds legal requirements related to health, safety and the environment resulting in continuous improvement in this state's environment, economy, and quality of life." SGIA welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as we work together to implement the charter's provisions.
The best time to prepare for an accident or emergency is before one happens. With the recent severe weather across the nation, hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes, and fires, are forcing people to evacuate their homes and workplace sometimes without warning and when they least expect it. It may be time to review your emergency action plan and follow these basic points:
- Establish phone lists for key personnel and make sure they are up to date.
- Identify all possible emergencies and evacuation requirements
- Establish evacuation routes and procedures
- Plan for the loss of services of electricity, water, telephone, sewer, etc.
- Identify any operation or materials that could pose a danger to the public in the event of a disaster or emergency.
- Assign and train emergency shutdown teams if applicable.
- Establish a means to account for all employees once evacuated.
Ensure annual drills and training for all employees, especially new employees, and review the plan with employees at least annually for the most effective response
SGIA submitted comments to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on the proposed revisions contained in Article 57, Emission Standards for Industrial Solvent Cleaning Operations in Northern Virginia, Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Control Area, 8 hour Ozone Standard (Rule 4-57). SGIA's intent is to encourage adoption of a regulation that conforms with the industrial solvent cleaning regulations adopted by other states in the same geographic area. Promulgation of any regulatory controls, such as those proposed by the VA DEQ, should allow an industry sector to use the materials that are technologically compatible with their manufacturing process. The comments we offered seek to explore alternative means to promulgate the regulation that will result in environmental benefit without sacrificing an entire industrial sector.
SGIA, as with similar state regulatory proposals, recommended the that State adopt a VOC content limit of 4.2 pounds of VOC per gallon for industrial solvents used by screen printing facilities, and that cleaning operations associated with digital printing be exempt. For more information on this regulatory action, please contact Marci Kinter, Vice President - Government & Business Information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to the request for comments at the March 31st Stakeholder Meeting, SGIA submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Protection on their pre-proposal regulatory package for Industrial Solvent Cleaning Activities. In its comments, SGIA recommended that cleaning activities associated with digital printing be exempt from the rule’s requirements. Further, we recommended adoption of a limit of 4.2 pounds of VOC per gallon for screen printing operations. We also requested a list of exempted activities, such as stripping of cured inks and coatings, be added to the rule.
It is anticipated that the Agency will release a proposed rule by the Summer of 2014. At this time there will be another opportunity to offer comments on the rule’s provisions. For a full copy of SGIA’s comments, please contact Marci Kinter at email@example.com.