A Simple Guide To
Air Quality Rules
Perc Dry Cleaners
Revised December 1996
A Simple Guide To Perc Dry Cleanin5 Rules
All dry cleaners who use perc (perchloroethylene) as their cleaning solvent are required to follow these
The state government has the main responsibility for enforcing this rule.
The rules were written by the federal government and published on September 22, 1993.
September 22, 1996 is the deadline for dry cleaners to meet the requirements of the rule.
This booklet was designed to clarify the dry cleaner air quality rules. It contains nine sections, labeled
(A) through (I). To use this guide, simply find the section that applies to your business and follow the
Air Qualit). requirements outlined in that section (See INSTRUCTIONS below). At the back of this
booklet, in the ATTACHMENTS section you will find forms that you need for reporting to the State
and for keeping track of leak inspections and control equipment measurements.
Follow the steps outlined below to identify which section applies to your facility:
(1) Identifi the TI’PE OF EQUIPMENT: transfer system or dv-to-dry system?
- A transfer system has a separate washer and dryer. The clothing must be remoyed fiom the washer at the end
of the washing cycle and placed in a separate dryer. If you use a reclaimer, then your equipment is considered to
be a transfer system. New transfer units are allowed onlv if thev were installed prior to September 23. 1993.
Afier September 22, 1993, no new transfer units are allowed. However, you are allowed to purchase a facility
with an existing transfer system.
IF YOU HAVE A TRANSFER SYSTEM, SEE (2) BELOW.
- A dry-to-dry system washes and dries the clothing in the same machine.
IF YOU HAVE A DRY-TO-DRY SYSTEM, SEE (3) BELOW.
(2) TRANSFER SYSTEMS: Identify the amount of perc used per vear in your transfer system:
- If your transfer system uses 200 gallons or less of perc per year, SECTION (A) will explain the rules
for your facility. Turn to SECTION