PRINTING United Expert Gary Jones named EPA Small Business Panel

Gary Jones

PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States, announces that Gary Jones, veteran staff member and industry expert, Director of Environmental Affairs, Health and Safety, is one of nine small business representatives nominated to participate in a Small Business Panel on Expanded Air Emissions Reporting established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The business panel, under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), is required whenever an agency seeks to issue a new regulation that impacts small businesses. Participation on the panel reflects PRINTING United Alliance’s support for its members and the industry locally and nationally, as Jones’ comments and suggested revisions to the proposed settlement are strongly considered before they are released. for public scrutiny.

The panel was asked to provide feedback on EPA’s development of proposed revisions to the existing Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR) rule that was last revised in February 2015. The panel’s proposal Agency covers an extension of existing reporting requirements, potentially adding requirements to collect data on hazardous air pollutants; the results of facility emission rate tests; emissions from Indian Country facilities that do not currently report emissions data; and emissions from small power generation units, mainly standby generators that are used intermittently, for example to meet demand on days of high electricity consumption.

PRINTING United Alliance submits comments on impact on small printing operations
Following the initial meeting held on June 14, 2022, PRINTING United Alliance submitted written comments in late June raising concerns about the impact the reporting rule would have on small print shops, many of which are not required to submit show data to their state. or the local air pollution control authority.

“The proposed reporting requirements were very extensive and would require most print operations to learn how to do in-depth emissions calculations or hire an outside consultant to do them,” says Jones. “The US EPA has proposed a reporting threshold of 4.4 pounds per year for many hazardous air pollutants found in the printing industry. Comments provided by PRINTING United Alliance objected to the proposed reporting thresholds. It was suggested that an alternative approach based on emission-related material consumption quantities be used to simplify the process for small businesses.

As a next step, the EPA will review and review the comments submitted and organize a follow-up group meeting. EPA will present updated considerations to the panel and schedule a second meeting for additional comments from the panel.

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PRINTING United Alliance, America’s most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association, comprising the industry’s broad communities. The Alliance serves industry professionals in all market segments with premier education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety and environmental sustainability advice. plan, plus resources from the industry’s leading media company – NAPCO Media. Now a division of PRINTING United Alliance, Idealliance is the global leader in G7 and standards-based training and certification for printing and graphic arts operations across the entire US supply chain. industry.

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