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 May 30, 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.

  • As of September 15, 2014, the pipeline of pre-existing applications has been reduced to 12 applications requesting $2.9m. Of those 12 applications, nine are from the 2009 batch of applications.  
  • From May 30, 2014 through November 17, 2014 DECD accepted new applications that allowed applicants to secure a place in line to receive funding as it becomes available. However, due to limited funding, applicants should expect a significant waiting period – potentially several years – prior to accessing funding. Since the end of May, when the application period opened, DECD has received 33 intake forms from dry cleaning businesses requesting $7.5 million of funding.
  • DECD has continued to improve and update the Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund website. In addition, the landing page for both ct.gov/ecd and ctbrownfields.gov have been updated to provide a clearer path to the Dry Cleaning page.
  • DECD will host information meetings twice per year to provide updates to the industry on the administration of the dry cleaning fund as well as to gather input and feedback from the industry. The next of these meetings will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m. at DECD's offices at 505 Hudson Street in Hartford (Room 466). Please register for this meeting by emailing drycleaning@ct.gov. Representatives of DECD, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will participate in this meeting to provide updates and answer questions.

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.

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For more information contact us at drycleaning@ct.gov.

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