To address the health risk potential for sensitive receptors for emissions from the perchloroethylene dry cleaning industry, and to encourage a transition to less toxic dry cleaning chemicals and processes.
In 2005 the Department proposed rules to regulate, and eventually eliminate, the use of perchloroethylene in the dry cleaning industry. As a result of public comments, including the financial burden of the proposed rules, the Department decided to re-propose the rules with compliance deadlines that would reduce the financial burden. In addition, as a result of an enforcement settlement, the Department is receiving over $4,000,000 to be used in a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). All parties involved in the settlement have agreed to use the SEP funds to reduce the health risk impact of the perchloroethylene dry cleaning industry. This grant program will use the SEP funds to encourage the removal of older perchloroethylene dry cleaning systems, especially those with the greatest impact on sensitive receptors such as those that are co-residential and co-located with day care centers.
This Reimbursement Program will identify the mechanism and qualifications for receiving a reimbursement grant, and the amount of that grant.
Qualifying Systems in Order of Priority
The Removal of a Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Machine from the following locations in the Priority listed below:
- Priority 1 - Removal of a Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Machine from a Facility Co-Located with a Residence;
- Priority 2 - Removal of a Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Machine previously covered under a GP-12 Permit and currently ineligible for a new GP-12A general permit;
- Priority 3 - Removal of a 3rd Generation Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Machine;
- Priority 4 - Removal of a 4th Generation Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Machine covered under a NJDEP Air Permit approved on or before January 1, 2000
Conditions Required for Approval
- Equipment listed above must still be on-site and must be inspected by the Department prior to removal.
- Equipment must be covered under a valid NJDEP Air Permit or equipment previously covered under a valid GP-12 permit must be rendered inoperable, meaning the electric supply is disconnected and all perchloroethylene removed and disposed of properly, if the permit has expired.
- Any facility applying for this grant must have no outstanding air penalties or fees due to the Department, or agent thereof. Agents of the Department will include any Department approved agency under the County Environmental Health Act.
- Any Machine removed under this grant shall not be reinstalled within the State of New Jersey.
Amount of Reimbursement
The amount of the reimbursement grant for each machine removed which meets the qualifications above will be $10,000.
To be eligible for a reimbursement grant, the dry cleaning facility must complete the reimbursement application. Once reviewed and eligibility is confirmed by the Department, the facility and the Department must execute a contract detailing all of the requirements for the reimbursement grant. You must also submit a W-9 with the initial grant application. Failure to include a W-9 form with the application will result in your application being returned.
The Department must verify, prior to removal, that the equipment to be removed meets the qualifications for this reimbursement grant.
Once the requirements for the reimbursement grant have been completed, the Department will issue a payment for the approved reimbursement grant amount.
No applications will be accepted prior to January 15, 2014 or after September 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed based on their qualification priority during the period of January 15, 2014 to February 28, 2014. After February 28, 2014 applications will be reviewed based on the date of receipt by the Department. Any applications received after September 1, 2014 will be returned without action. Applications will be approved until the allotted grant monies are exhausted.
Dry Cleaner Equipment Replacement Reimbursment Program Procedure
To participate in this program, the applicant must complete the application form and W-9 form and submit them to:
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Air and Hazardous Materials Enforcement
Bureau of Local Environmental Management
401 East State Street
Mail Code 401-04N
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
The Department will review the application;
If the application qualifies for this program, the applicant and the Department must execute a contract, as specified above.
If the application does not qualify, the Department will return the application with the reason.
Additional details are available at the above web site, or by contacting the Department at (609) 292-3282.