As compliance deadlines approach, Philadelphia’s Division of Air Management Services (AMS) is knocking on doors and reaching out to business owners in a proactive effort to ensure that dry-cleaning facilities in the city will comply with regulations that became effective in December 2010.
The regulations affect dry cleaners using solvents containing perchloroethylene (perc) or n-propyl bromide (n-PB), and include the following provisions:
- Dry-cleaning facilities with older equipment must upgrade their dry-cleaning machines by December 13, 2012.
- The use of perc solvents at any dry-cleaning facility sharing a common wall, floor, or ceiling with a residence, sensitive facility, commercial business, or industrial site (i.e., is a co-located facility) will be phased out by December 31, 2013. Sensitive facilities include any school or educational facility for children and healthcare facilities.
- The use of dry-cleaning solvents containing n-PB is banned at any facility co-located with a residence or sensitive facility.
To ensure facilities will meet their compliance obligations, AMS has conducted over 80 facility inspections and/or compliance assistance visits since the regulations became effective. The agency has also been contacting facilities to determine their intended compliance strategy.
INFO: Contact AMS at 215-685-7580.