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RULE §106.418Printing Presses

Printing operations (including, but not limited to, screen printers, ink-jet printers, presses using electron beam or ultraviolet light curing, and labeling operations) and supporting equipment (including, but not limited to, corona treaters, curing lamps, preparation, and cleaning equipment) which directly supports the printing operation are permitted by rule, provided that all the following conditions of this section are satisfied.

  (1) The uncontrolled emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and solvents (including, but not limited to, those used for printing, cleanup, or makeup) shall not exceed the following rates:

    (A) 15 tons per year (tpy) for any single printing operation proposed to be covered by this section; and

    (B) 25 tpy for all printing operations on the property covered by permits by rule.

  (2) Facilities which release ten tpy or more of VOC emissions from all printing operations permitted by rule at the site must register with the commission using Form PI-7.

  (3) Copying and duplicating equipment employing the xerographic method are exempt from paragraphs (4) - (6) of this section.

  (4) Printing presses covered by this section shall not utilize heat set, thermo set, or oven-dried inks. Heated air may be used to shorten drying time, provided the temperature does not exceed 194 degrees Fahrenheit (90 degrees Celsius).

  (5) Records of ink and solvent usage shall be kept in sufficient detail to show compliance with paragraph (1) of this section and shall be maintained for a two-year rolling retention period.

  (6) Screen printing operations requiring temperatures greater that 194 degrees Fahrenheit (90 degrees Celsius) to set the ink are exempt from paragraph (4) of this section.

  (7) Facilities located in ozone nonattainment areas shall meet the requirements of Chapter 115, Subchapters B and E of this title (relating to General Volatile Organic Compound Sources and Solvent- Using Processes).

Source Note: The provisions of this §106.418 adopted to be effective March 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 2439; amended to be effective July 8, 1998, 23 TexReg 6966; amended to be effective September 4, 2000, 25 TexReg 8653

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