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.

Over the past several months, at the request of DECD Commissioner Catherine H. Smith, the Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) has been developing, in partnership with representatives of the Dry Cleaning industry, a series of initiatives to improve the operations of the Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund (the “Dry Cleaning Fund” or “the Fund”).

The Dry Cleaning Fund faces a number of challenges, most importantly a lack of sufficient funding generated by the 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. OBRD is implementing several important initiatives designed to improve the administration of the Fund.

  • DECD will accept a new type of application intake form  to the Fund from June 2014 until September 30, 2014. Applicants will need to fill out a relatively short application intake form, which can be found below. Completing this application intake form will allow 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 – several years – prior to accessing funding.
  • DECD will host 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. The first of these meetings was held on Monday, June 30, 2014. Check back for updates on the time and location of the next meeting.
  • DECD has updated the Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund website. The site now includes updated information on the Fund’s status as well as details on funded applications and the current length of the waiting list to receive funding.

Current Pipeline (as of June 1, 2014)

  • Pipeline: 16 applications for $4,375,000 of funding

Other Key Information:

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

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