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Re: Regulations for Small Printers


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From: GFrantz_EOEA@state.ma.us
Date: Thu Aug 08 1996 - 04:40:54 CDT


Doreen... Massachusetts is serious, not severe non-attainment, but the
situation is analogous. RACT, for non-heatset litho, kicks in @ 25 tpy
potential. Depending on how PtE is calculated, that can be pretty small.
However, there is an exemption (310 CMR 7.03) which enables printers to
comply w/o obtaining a state permit. As in NY, this essentially means
complying w/ RACT standards for fountain solution & press cleaning solvents.

Altho it was promulgated several years ago, no printers had used it, because
the requirements for blanket wash were so strict, requiring < 30% VOC.
Recently, a vapor pressure option was added, allowing any VOC, if composite
vapor pressure < 10 mm Hg.

These standards were also incorporated in the Massachusetts Printers
Partnership (MP2), which replaces state air and wastewater permits for most
printers, and incorporates all compliance fees for air, IWW and haz/waste.
So far, acceptance by the printing industry has been very positive (more than
425 companies in program). The MP2 workbook and self-certification statement
can be obtained electronically by downloading off OTA On-Line (617-727-5621)
or off EPA's TTN bulletin board.

More info: George Frantz, MA OTA (ph) 617-727-3260 x631 (fax) 617-727-3827
or email gfrantz_EOEA@state.ma.us


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