Important Regulatory Changes to the Printer Certification Program
On September 9, 2016, important changes were made to the definition of “Printers” in 310 CMR 7.26. Specifically, MassDEP added a new class of printer: the Very Small Printer (VSP). This is a printer that:
- Is connected to municipal sewer;
- Uses a total of no more than 55 gallons of cleanup solution and inks/coatings/adhesives with a volatile organic compound (VOC) content greater than 10 percent by weight as applied per rolling 12-month period*;
- Uses no more than 55 gallons of alcohol per rolling 12-month period; and
- Generates no more than 55 gallons of hazardous waste per rolling 12-month period.
*Incidental material, ink used in non-heatset offset lithographic printing, water-based ink/coating/adhesive, plastisol and ultraviolet ink are excluded from the calculation in (b) (this refers to inks, coatings or adhesives with a VOC content less than or equal to 10 percent by weight as applied).
Why was this change made?
MassDEP recently completed an analysis of printer certification data, along with information gathered during inspections, and determined that this class of printer poses significantly less potential for environmental impact.
What are the requirements for Very Small Printers?
VSPs are required to file one-time certifications with MassDEP, but no longer need to submit annual certifications to the agency.
- If you operate an existing printer that meets the definition of VSP and have previously certified with MassDEP, you are considered to have filed your one-time certification. No additional certifications are required.
- If you are a new printer and meet the definition of a VSP, you need only file an initial Printer Certification describing your operation to MassDEP. No additional certifications are required.
- VSPs no longer have to pay an annual certification fee.
If you have any questions about this change to the program, please contact MassDEP at 617-292-5873.
All Printer Forms
- Printer Non Applicability Form
Complete this form FIRST. Certain operations are exempt from ERP certification requirements. Submit this form ONLY if you are NOT required to certify.
- Printer Certification
Provide facility information, answer questions about your facility's environmental practices, and certify your compliance with MassDEP requirements.
- eDEP Online Filing
- Printer Certification Instructions
How to submit your compliance certification by mail or electronically via the eDEP Online Filing System
- Return to Compliance Form
Complete if your facility is NOT in compliance with a particular requirement at the time you certify.
- Spill/Release Form
Complete ONLY if your plant had a chemical spill or pollution release during the past year.
- Printer Certification Workbook file size 1MB
file size 2MB
Learn about your environmental obligations and how to complete your ERP certification.