ctbrownfields: Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund

Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund

This program provides grants to eligible dry cleaning business owners/operators or property owners for the clean-up, containment, or mitigation of pollution resulting from releases of tetrachloroethylene, Stoddard solvent, or other chemicals used for dry cleaning. The grants may also be used for measures undertaken to prevent such pollution and for providing potable drinking water when necessary.

On behalf of DECD Commissioner Catherine H. Smith, the Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development is pleased to provide you with this update on the Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund (the “Dry Cleaning Fund” or “the Fund”).

As you know, the Fund faces a number of challenges, most importantly a lack of sufficient funding generated by the 1% gross receipt surcharge to meet the significant demand for cleanup funding across the state.

Despite these challenges, DECD is committed to administering the Fund efficiently and with a high degree of customer service.

As we discussed at our public meeting with the industry on June 21, 2016, we are pleased to provide a quarterly update on the administration of the Fund. We are pleased to announce several important updates that highlight our progress in the administration of the Fund.

  • DECD will accept a new round of applications to the Fund from October 17, 2016 until January 31, 2017. The application intake form required for funding is available in the “key form” section below.
  • As of September 30th, 2016, the 2014 pipeline stands currently at 32 applications requesting $ 7,350,000.  These applicants have secured a place in line to approach the Fund and will be contacted when the Fund is in the position fully review the application and to offer the grant funds.  Applicants should still expect a significant waiting period as the dry cleaning receipts cannot cover the demand.
  • DECD has continued to improve and update the Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund website.  In addition, the landing page for ct.brownfields.gov contains a clear path to the Dry Cleaning information.
  • DECD will continue to host biannual information meetings twice per year to provide updates to the industry on the administration of the Fund as well as to gather input and feedback from the industry.  Notifications of the public meeting will be done through the agency website and through email blasts.  For more information contact us at drycleaning@ct.gov.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Dry Cleaning industry to administer the Fund, and to making continuous improvements to our processes and procedures to allow us to address the significant challenges facing the fund.

Other Key Information:

Key Forms:
For more information contact us at drycleaning@ct.gov.

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