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Re: Regulations for Small Printers


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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Date: Mon Jul 29 1996 - 10:58:09 CDT


Forwarded from George Frantz:

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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