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25 Pa. Code § 129.67. Graphic arts systems.

§ 129.67. Graphic arts systems.

 (a)  This section applies as follows:

   (1)  This section applies to the owner and operator of a facility whose rotogravure and flexographic printing presses by themselves or in combination with a surface coating operation subject to §  129.52, §  129.52a, §  129.52b, §  129.52c or §  129.52d or in combination with a flexible packaging printing press subject to §  129.67a (relating to control of VOC emissions from flexible packaging printing presses) have the potential to emit or have emitted VOCs into the outdoor atmosphere in quantities greater than 1,000 pounds (460 kilograms) per day or 100 tons (90,900 kilograms) per year during any calendar year since January 1, 1987.

   (2)  This section applies to the owner and operator of a flexographic or rotogravure printing press that prints flexible packaging materials subject to §  129.67a(a)(1)(ii) if the owner or operator was required to install a control device under this section prior to June 28, 2014.

   (3)  This section does not apply to the owner or operator of a flexible packaging printing press subject to §  129.67a(a)(1)(i).

 (b)  A person may not permit the emission into the outdoor atmosphere of VOCs from a rotogravure or flexographic printing press subject to this section unless one of the following limitations is met:

   (1)  The volatile fraction of the ink, as applied to the substrate, contains 25% or less by volume of VOC and 75% or more by volume of water.

   (2)  The ink, as applied to the substrate, less water, contains 60% by volume or more of solid material.

   (3)  The owner or operator installs and operates a carbon adsorption system, an incineration system or an alternative VOC emission reduction system which recovers or destroys at least 90% of the VOCs entering the system. The overall level of emission recovery or destruction may not be less than that necessary to comply with subsection (c).

 (c)  A capture system shall be used in conjunction with the emission control systems in subsection (b)(3). The design and operation of the capture and control system shall be consistent with good engineering practice and shall be designed to provide for a contemporaneous, overall reduction in VOC emission from each ink/press of at least the following:

   (1)  Seventy-five percent where a publication rotogravure process is employed.

   (2)  Sixty-five percent where another rotogravure process is employed.

   (3)  Sixty percent where a flexographic printing process is employed.

 (d)  Presses used only to check the quality of the image formation of newly etched or engraved printing cylinders are exempted from this section if the aggregate emissions from the presses do not exceed 400 pounds in a 30-day running period.

 (e)  To determine applicability under this section, emissions of VOCs used in clean-up operations shall be summed with emissions from surface coating and printing.


   The provisions of this §  129.67 issued under the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P.S. § §  4001—4015); amended under section 5(a)(1) and (8) of the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P.S. §  4005(a)(1) and (8)).


   The provisions of this §  129.67 adopted June 19, 1981, effective June 20, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 2118; amended August 2, 1991, effective August 3, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3406; amended May 22, 1992, effective May 23, 1992, 22 Pa. B. 2720; amended September 4, 1998, effective September 5, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 4525; amended June 27, 2014, effective June 28, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 3929; amended October 21, 2016, effective October 22, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 6758. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (380434) to (380435).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  129.51 (relating to general); 25 Pa. Code §  129.52 (relating to surface coating processes); 25 Pa. Code §  129.54 (relating to seasonal operation of auxiliary incineration equipment); 25 Pa. Code §  129.66 (relating to compliance schedules and final compliance dates); 25 Pa. Code §  129.67a (relating to control of VOC emissions from flexible packaging printing presses); 25 Pa. Code §  129.91 (relating to control of major sources of NOx and VOCs); 25 Pa. Code §  129.96 (relating to applicability); and 25 Pa. Code §  129.111 (relating to applicability).

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