NJ Issues Mandatory Cessation of Dry Cleaning Equipment in Residential Buildings

Dry Cleaners to Cease Operations in Residential Buildings

Recently NJDEP issued new regulations regarding perchloro-ethylene ("PERC") and dry cleaners.  The regulatory agency mandated that all dry cleaning equipment located at co-located residential locations to cease operations by December 21, 2020. See 40 CFR Part 63.322(o)(5):

  • After December 21, 2020, the owner or operator shall eliminate any emission of PCE from any dry cleaning system that is located in a building with a residence.  In order to comply with these regulations, dry cleaning equipment owners/operators must:
  • Conduct monthly inspections for vapor leaks according to EPA Method 21 if the dry cleaning equipment was installed after December 21, 2005.
  • Eliminate any emission of PCE during the transfer of articles between the washer and the dryer(s) or reclaimer(s).
  • Eliminate any emission of PCE from any dry cleaning system that is installed (including relocation of a used machine) after December 21, 2005, and that is located in a building with a residence.
  • After December 21, 2020, the owner or operator shall eliminate any emission of PCE from any dry cleaning system that is located in a building with a residence.
  • Sources demonstrating compliance under Section 63.320(b)(2)(ii) shall operate the dry cleaning system inside a vapor barrier enclosure and conduct a weekly inspection of the machine components for vapor leaks.

PERC dry cleaning operations have routinely been the source of contamination to soil, groundwater and indoor air at properties located across the country. PERC is a known carcinogen and therefore a highly regulated chemical.  PERC vapors can easily migrate through the ground into the air and affect the air quality of indoor buildings.

Please contact one of our New Jersey offices to discuss your compliance options:

SOUTHERN NJ
Rick Shoyer, LSRP
856.354.2273

NORTHERN NJ
Joe Chiappetta, LSRP
201.705.4283