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Utah Air Quality Requirements & Best Practices for Printing Operations

Effective September 1, 2018

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Thanks to a generous grant, Printing Industries of America and Pacific Printing Industries Association partnered with the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) May 23, 2018 to educate the printing industry about new air pollution control rules in the Salt Lake City area. UCAIR is a statewide nonprofit organization with the purpose to influence positive changes to improve air quality. In addition to UCAIR, the other primary printing industry partners include the Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association and the Flexographic Technical Association and we were pleased to be hosted by Salt Lake Community College.

The goal of these new regulations is to reduce volatile organic compound emissions from the printing, publishing, and packaging industries. This will be accomplished by educating members of the printing industry about the newly revised air pollution control regulations, air permitting requirements, and best management practices designed to reduce air pollution emissions. The Department of Air Quality’s new regulation can only be achieved through intense outreach and education of the identified industry sector, including both commercial and in-plant printing operations that utilize all printing processes. Key areas of focus include common permitted equipment, sources for potentially regulated discharges/emissions, common chemicals or substances, substitute products and/or equipment, and add-on controls or treatment equipment options.

The new air pollution control regulation focuses on reducing volatile organic compound emissions from printing operations in the Salt Lake City non-attainment area encompassing Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, and Weber counties. For more information on the reasons why new regulations were required to improve the air quality in the Salt Lake City area, please see this fact sheet.

View a gallery of photos from the event here.