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Federal Environmental Regulations Potentially Affecting the Commerical Printing Industry

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Federal Environmental Regulations Potentially Affecting the Commercial Printing Industry summarizes the requirements of Federal laws that apply to the commercial printing industry. It should be noted, however, that this document was not designed for the purposes of compliance guidance.

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The applicability of many Federal regulations is determined in part by the chemicals being used at a facility. This document addresses chemicals that the printing industry has identified as being used in the processes of lithography, flexography, gravure, screen printing and letterpress. However, individual print shops have their own chemical use patterns. This means that a particular printer may use chemicals that are not listed in this report or may use some but not all of them. As a result, printers must identify which regulations apply to their facility both by examining the regulations themselves and by working with their suppliers and trade associations.

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This report only discusses Federal environmental statutes. However, implementation of many Federal regulations is delegated to states. States regulations are at least as stringent as their applicable Federal statute. Thus, even where Federal regulations apply, state laws may impose additional requirements that are not addressed in this document. There may also be state or local requirements where no Federal regulations exist. Printers should work with their local suppliers and trade associations to help determine which Federal, state, and local requirements apply to their shop.

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This study provides an overview of Federal environmental regulations affecting the commercial printing industry and of the specific chemicals used in the industry that may trigger regulatory requirements. It addresses requirements under the following statutes: Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Superfund and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (CERCLA), and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (PPIC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. (7407-T)
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 566-0799
Fax: (202) 566-0794
E-mail: ppic@epa.gov

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