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Dry Cleaners (Area Sources)

 

Dry Cleaner Requirements

What is regulated?

Perchloroethylene: Emissions from Dry Cleaners using Perchloroethylene (Perc) have been regulated under Delaware Code (law) since 2005.  The level of regulatory control is determined by the amount of Perc emissions from each facility.  Perc is regulated because it has been identified by the USEPA as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP).  Regulation of facilities using Perc as a dry cleaning solvent is provided under 7 DE Admin Code, 1138, 5.0.

Petroleum Solvent: Emissions from dry cleaners using petroleum solvents are regulated under 7 DE Admin Code, 1124, 38.0.

Other Solvents:  Emissions from Dry Cleaners using other solvents are regulated under 7 DE Admin Code, 1102.

What is required?

No Action Required: Those facilities which use petroleum solvents (or other non-Perc solvents) and emit less than 0.2 Ibs/day of any air pollutant are exempt from regulatory control.  This status must be supported by recordkeeping.

Registration:  Those facilities which use petroleum solvents (or other non-Perc solvents) and emit 0.2 Ibs/day or more, but less than 10 Ibs/day are required to register their pollution causing equipment.  Accurate detailed recordkeeping is required to establish and maintain this status.  Completion of the Registration Worksheet (link) is required.

Permit: Those facilities using Perc as a dry cleaning solvent are required to apply for and receive a Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaner Source Category Permit.  For permit conditions and additional information please see the permit example.

Delaware Environmental Permit Application Background Statement: This form (EPABS) must be completed and submitted with the permit application.

 

For more information contact:

Tom Postell
(302) 739-9402
tom.postell@state.de.us

 

Revised: 6/20/16

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