New Dry Cleaning Rule
DEP currently requires dry cleaners to post a notice that informs the public of the use of the chemical perchloroethylene (perc) in the dry cleaning process.
A new rule will take effect February 11th, 2014 that requires an additional notice for perc that would inform the public how to access Material Safety Data Sheets from DEP’s website. These Material Safety Data Sheets provide more detailed information about the chemicals used in dry cleaning. In addition, the rule will require that the notice include the dry cleaner’s DEP permit number and inform the public that it can call 311 to report chemical odors or leaks. Additionally, the rule also requires dry cleaners that use chemicals other than perc to post a notice that would identify the primary non-perc chemical used in the cleaning process. Recently, dry cleaners have been promoting the use of non-perc solvents as environmentally green solvents, but customers typically are not informed about what chemical the dry cleaner uses. The notice would also contain the information about the Material Safety Data Sheets, the dry cleaner’s DEP permit number, and the phone number for reporting chemical odors or leaks.
New Rule Effective February 2014 and you can read it in its final form here: