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Award for John Roberts Co.

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From: Robert Gifford (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 11:25:49 CDT

Congratulations to Jeff Adrian and The John Roberts Company!

The Seventh Annual Environmental Initiative Award from the Minnesota
Environmental Initiative,, Environmental Policy Award was
presented to The John Roberts Company for substantial contributions to
PrintSTEP, an alternative permitting and regulatory program for printers
developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The following is the announcement from the Minnesota Environmental Initiative

The way Jeff Adrian describes it, the beautiful thing about the Printers'
Simplified Total Environmental Partnership is that nothing about it is new.
"All of
the elements have been tried successfully somewhere, PrintSTEP just brings
it together," says Adrian, director of environment and safety for the John
Roberts Company. The idea is to apply the benefits of intelligent and
flexible environmental regulation to small and mid-size printing companies. The
outcome of work conducted under the auspices of the Environmental
Protection Agency's Common Sense Initiative, PrintSTEP is being field-tested at
printers in two Minnesota counties, Stearns and Benton.

The program has three components: a Plain Language Workbook, used by
printers to determine the environmental impact of their operations and an
appropriate respsonse; a Community Handbook, designed to help community
members interact productively with nearby printers; and a State
Implementation Guide, for application of PrintSTEP in accordance with
state-specific regulations. Adrian, who's been hauling out to Washington
regularly over the last four years to help develop the program, notes that
rather than fostering expertise in how to winnow through byzantine
regulations, PrintSTEP was designed with an emphasis on a simple mantra:
"Let's make sure whatever they do is environmentally meaningful."

At most printing companies environmental compliance is handled by someone
who has other duties, he adds, so it only makes sense to make superior
environmental performance as easy to achieve as possible. "You shouldn't
have to be an air emissions engineer to get this stuff done."

Robert Gifford
Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center, and
Univ. of Wisconsin - Extension
Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon St., rm 531
Madison WI, 53703
Voice: 608-262-1083 Fax: 608-262-6250

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