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Re: Weekly Region V Report (edited)

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From: Meyer, Edward (
Date: Thu Jul 23 1998 - 10:48:19 CDT

I thought that people might appreciate knowing a brief context for the news
item that Anita passed on to all of us. (Thanks for doing that, Anita.)

The Printer's Simplified Total Environmental Partnership (PrintSTEP) is a
descriptive title invented by the members of the printing industry sector of
the EPA's Common Sense Initiative (CSI) to represent new concepts for an
environmental compliance system for the printing industry.

The PrintSTEP workgroup (a subset of the full CSI subcommittee) has been
working over a period of several years to design an environmental compliance
system for the printing industry that meets the interests of six stakeholder
groups: environmental groups, printing industry groups, environmental
justice groups, labor, states and EPA. Results of that work will be
piloted, hopefully, in 3-5 states in the near future to test out the
concepts that have been developed. The Model Permit Conditions Workgroup is
helping to complete some of the last remaining tasks prior to completion of
the final report from the PrintSTEP workgroup.

People who would like to learn more about PrintSTEP and/or the printing
industry CSI subcommittee process could contact Gina Bushong at EPA (her
e-mail address is shown above).

Ed Meyer
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

> ----------
> From: Anita Singh[]
> Sent: Thursday, July 23, 1998 10:05AM
> To:;
> Subject: Weekly Region V Report (edited)
> Thought this might be of interest to the Printreg and GPP Listserve
> Members. Sorry for the double message sent to all those on both
> listserves -- anita
> Weekly Region V Report (Edited)
> July 10, 1998
> TITLE: Model Permit Conditions Workgroup Meeting
> ACTION SUMMARY: On June 30 and July 1, 1998, a meeting of the Printer's
> Simplified Total Environmental Partnership Model Permit Conditions
> Workgroup was held in Washington D.C. This workgroup consists of members
> from EPA, several State environmental agencies as well as printing
> associations and printers. The purpose of the meeting was to identify the
> main regulatory issues for printers and develop a framework for model
> permit conditions for all media. The intent is to develop a multi-media
> permit for printers that would incorporate the air, stormwater, wastewater
> and hazardous waste elements into a single permit document. A central
> part of this permit development process is to establish different control,
> record keeping, and testing requirements based on the printer's level of
> emissions. Under this system, smaller emitting sources will have less
> stringent requirements than larger ones. This workgroup is currently
> involved in developing the actual model permit conditions.
> CONTACT PERSON: Steve Rosenthal TELEPHONE: (312) 886-6052

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