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  doc format of Printer Certification
pdf format of                             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.


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