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Printers

There are a number of state and federal regulations that affect the printing industry in Wisconsin. The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) has created these resources for printers, including fact sheets and training videos on rules and requirements, forms required by certain agencies and a comprehensive compliance assistance tool called the Environmental Results Program (ERP) for printers in Wisconsin, which was developed in collaboration with the DNR and industry representatives.

Environmental regulatory information and resources

Many regulations affect printers, which include air pollution, hazardous waste, wastewater, storm water, spill response, spill prevention, emergency planning and communication, pollution prevention and EPA and OSHA requirements.

Wisconsin created an Environmental Results Program (ERP) for printers to assist with the understanding of environmental and safety topics affecting printers. The program assists printers to understand the environmental requirements because the regulations may apply whether a facility needs a permit or not. The ERP has a workbook with plain-language explanations of the rules. It also has a checklist to complete a self-assessment. If you go to the ERP webpage, scroll down to the table under ERP Materials for links to each section, which includes air, waste, wastewater discharge, storm water runoff, spills, Emergency Response (EPCRA), and pollution prevention.

It is important to note that with a change in EPA regulations on waste management, DNR has issued an updated policy guidance document on Management of Solvent-Contaminated Wipes (WA-1207) [PDF]

Air pollution

A printer may be required to have an air pollution control permit or the printer may be exempt from air pollution control permitting. Review permit exemptions at air permit exemptions.

If a printer does not fit into the exemption categories available, there are two streamlined air pollution permit options specifically designed for printers: registration permits (ROP) and general permits (GOP). Registration permits are designed for smaller printers whereas general permits are available for any size facility.

Registration permits have pre-established conditions and are issued within 15 days. The permit allows for construction as long as the emission thresholds in the permit continue to be met. There is a yearly fee associated with the ROP. For more details on the ROP, go to the air permit options.

General permits are more specific to the printing regulations and apply to all sizes of printing facilities. The permits have pre-established conditions for construction. The permit is issued within 15 days. The permit has annual fees based on the source type and amount emitted from the source. There are 15 different types of General permits that are mix and match to apply to printing devices. There are 5 press types for printers, which include screen, digital, heatset web, non-heatset web and sheet-fed. There are 3 printer source types depending on the amount of air pollution emissions per criteria pollutant which are minor source (less than 100 tons per year), synthetic minor (emission limit of 99 tons per year or 80 tons per year), and major which also is known as Title V (greater than 100 tons per year). To apply for a general permit, there is a draft Printer General Permit application (4530-173) [PDF] form.

Air rules affecting printers

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Last revised: Monday July 17 2017