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Perchloroethylene (PERC)

Perchloroethylene (perc) is a chemical used in the dry cleaning process that if ingested can adversely affect human health.  DEP has promulgated regulations and permitting requirements for New York City Dry Cleaners (15 RCNY 12-01 et seq.) that set forth the primary permits and other compliance requirements for existing and new dry cleaners. The amendments to Sections, 12-02, 12-04, 12-06, 12-08, 12-11, and 12-14 reflect revised national emission standards for hazardous pollutants for perc that have occurred since the last amendments in 1997. DEP has set forth detailed requirements for when and how perc dry cleaning machines shall operate. The proposed amendments prohibit new dry cleaning machines from operating in residential buildings. In addition, existing dry cleaning operations shall stop cleaning with perc or move to non-residential buildings by 2020.

U.S. EPA Requirements for PERC Drycleaners

NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Guide to Requirements for Dry Cleaners

This guide describes the primary New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements for existing dry cleaners. It does not describe all of DEP’s programs and requirements (which can be dependent on your specific operations).

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