Wisconsin Streamlines Air Regulations for Printing Operations With Lithographic Printing Presses

After many years of effort by SGIA and the Great Lakes Graphics Association, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources completed its rulemaking to streamline the air pollution control regulations that printers with a lithographic printing press need to meet. The rule revisions, effective July 1, clarify and simplify the air pollution control rules for lithographic printing. The rules are required by the Clean Air Act and limit organic compound emissions from certain types of industrial facilities including lithographic printing facilities located in Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, or Waukesha County.

The need to streamline the regulations was recognized shortly after the regulations were issued. Prior to the streamlined change, lithographic printers were required to meet two different RACT rules that were put in place in 1995 and in 2009. Some lithographic printing facilities have been subject to both rules and complying with one rule did not mean a facility was in compliance with the other one, which created both enforcement and air permitting conflicts.

The streamlined regulations make it much easier for printing operations to comply as there is now only one set of requirements that need to be met. The DNR has created a fact sheet that explains the revised requirements and it can be found at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/nr/400/422.pdf