While the New Hampshire Printers Simplified Total Environmental Partnership, or PrintSTEP, project ended in 2008, the premise is still relevant to regulators and commercial printers alike. DES believes that the following tools and information can be helpful to other states looking to pilot an alternative way environmental regulation and permitting is practiced.
PrintSTEP was set up as a voluntary program that provided an alternative, multi-media, flexible regulatory system for printers. The goal of the program was to help the printing industry and the public achieve cleaner, cheaper and smarter environmental protection through the creation of a simpler regulatory "framework."
PrintSTEP was developed through the cooperative efforts of a multi-stakeholder group that included representatives from regulated entities, federal and state regulators, labor, environmental groups, and environmental justice.
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