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PUBLIC LAW 103-348—OCT. 6, 1994 108 STAT. 3133 Public Law 103-348 103d Congress An Act To require that all Federal lithographic printing be performed using ink made from vegetable oil and materials derived from other renewable resources, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "Vegetable Ink Printing Act of 1994". SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) FINDINGS.— The Congress finds the following: (1) More than 95 percent of Federal printing involving documents or publications is performed using lithographic inks. (2) Various types of oil, including petroleum and vegetable oil, are used in lithographic ink. (3) Increasing the amount of vegetable oil used in a lithographic ink would— (A) help reduce the Nation's use of nonrenewable energy resources; (B) result in the use of products that are less damaging to the environment; (C) result in a reduction of volatile organic compotmd emissions; and (D) increase the use of renewable agricultural products. (4) The technology exists to use vegetable oil in lithographic ink and, in some applications, to use lithographic ink that uses no petroleum distillates in the liquid portion of the ink. (5) Some lithographic inks have contained vegetable oils for many years; other lithographic inks have more recently begun to use vegetable oil. (6) According to the Government Printing Office, using vegetable oil-based ink appears to add httle if any additional cost to Government printing. (7) Use of vegetable oil-based ink in Federal Government printing should further develop— (A) the commercial viability of vegetable oil-based ink, which could result in demand, for domestic use alone, for 2,500,000,000 pounds of vegetable crops or 500,000,000 pounds of vegetable oil; and (B) a product that could help the United States retain or enlarge its share of the world market for vegetable oil-ink. Oct. 6, 1994 [S. 716] Vegetable Ink Printing Act of 1994. 44 USC 501 note. 44 USC 501 note.