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PRINTING United Alliance Joins Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations Coalition
PRINTING United Alliance is pleased to announce it has joined the Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations that is seeking achievable and balanced regulations that address environmental challenges. The coalition was launched by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), members of NAM’s Council of …
Beating the Heat - Washington State Updates Outdoor Heat Exposure Rules
In response to the extreme heat wave experienced in the Pacific Northwest in early summer of 2021, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) took action to protect outdoor workers from exposure to high heat by establishing emergency temporary rules. L&I had an existing outdoor heat …
And Just Like That, the NLRB Changes the Independent Contractor Standard
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently changed the legal standard to decide whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor (IC). On June 13, 2023, the NLRB issued a decision, The Atlanta Opera, Inc. that reverts the IC analysis to a prior standard. The standard has changed several …
Action Alert In New York Against Extended Producer Responsibility Bill Was Successful
The action alert initiated by PRINTING United Alliance in opposition to the New York State Packaging Reduction and Recycling Act, that would have established an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, was very successful. The bill died in the legislative session due to significant pressure by …
Free Money for Energy Efficiency with Grants from Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making available up to $80 million in grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs)The grants are designed to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency recommendations made by DOE that will lower …
EPA Declares Lithium-Ion Batteries as Hazardous Waste and Requires Tier II Reporting
At the end of May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum stating that lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries should be classified and managed as hazardous waste. The May 24, 2023, memo states that under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Li-Ion batteries generally …
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Environmental Compliance Support
We are here to help! All printing operations have environmental compliance obligations, at federal and state levels. Contact PRINTING United Alliance for up to date information on your specific state requirements for air, hazardous waste, wastewater and stormwater requirements.
Fact Sheet: New York’s Regulations on Stand-Alone Printing Cleaning Equipment
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued a letter to PRINTING United Alliance on July 6, 2021, providing much needed guidance on how stand-alone press cleaning machines will be regulated under the NYSDEC code. The equipment
in question is commonly found in screen, flexographic, and rotogravure operations and used to clean screens, flexographic plates, flexographic plates mounted to cylinders, anilox rolls, ink, and press components such as coating application components,
ink, and coating trays, etc. The letter from NYSDEC now ensures that printing operations in New York will continue to be allowed to use this equipment as they were almost prohibited from being used.
Download this fact sheet for more information on how NYSDEC now regulates stand-alone printing cleaning equipment.
Anti-Microbial Coatings Fact Sheet
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed interest in anti-microbial coatings as one method to help stop the spread of the virus. While anti-microbial coatings are not new, their use during the COVID-19 pandemic has increased as new ones have been developed
and are being deployed. Anti-
microbial coatings are highly regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) so those who want to use them need to be aware of the requirements.
Members can Download this fact sheet fact sheet and watch this video for an introduction and basic background information on the types of anti-microbials, how they work, an overview of EPA’s regulations, and what marketing claims are allowed by EPA.
Federal and State Environmental Agency Regulations
PRINTING United Alliance is your advocate before federal and state environmental agencies. Since the late 1980s, we have been working to ensure that all regulations -- air, waste and water -- that are adopted reflect the technologies used by our industry
Over the last 20 years our industry has made great strides in reducing its environmental footprint. Current and near-term regulations, as well as pollution prevention and waste minimization practices, have contributed to this phenomenon.
PrUA stands ready to help you understand the environmental issues you face on a daily basis. Contact Marci Kinter or Gary Jones with your questions at Government Affairs.
- EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act
If you use, manufacture, supply or import chemicals, you need to be aware of changes the U.S. EPA is making that will impact you. Check with PRINTING United Alliance for the latest updates regarding new programs under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
- Air Permitting Issues
Do you use products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? Do you operate print equipment? States require all facilities to determine if air permitting is required. Do you know yours? Contact us for a quick look at your state’s requirements.
- Air Pollution Control Regulations
Your facility doesn’t have to be in California to need to worry about reducing air emissions. Do you know if your state regulates what you put into the air? Contact us for a look at what your state has implemented.
- Hazardous Waste
All facilities generate hazardous waste. How much you generate determines what you need to do. Do you know your generator status? And what requirements might apply to you? And, yes, used shop towels need to be considered as well. Contact us to learn more about what PRINTING United Alliance has to offer to help you along this pathway.
EHS Consulting Services
PRINTING United Alliance has a hand-picked team of many talented third-party consultants to provide expertise on environmental health and safety regulation compliance right to your door.
Whether you are just starting out and need help creating written policies and programs, assistance creating an effective training program, advice on an OSHA citation, or you want to improve any aspect of your current environmental health and safety plans, our consultants are here for you.
We Can Help You with All of Your EHS Requests
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): We can help you navigate through OSHA citations, prevent violations from occurring, guide you through what to expect in an OSHA audit, etc.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Need guidance on complying with your federal, state, and local agencies’ requirements? Look no further. Our consultants can help with compliance with air emissions, wastewater, storm water discharges, hazardous and solid waste, and community right-to-know requirements.
Department of Transportation (DOT): If you ship more than a specific amount of hazardous materials, your company needs to register with the DOT. Employees handling any amount of DOT hazardous materials or signing an EPA Hazardous Waste Manifest, must receive training every three years.