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 July 15, 2015 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 30, 2015, the pipeline of pre-existing applications has been reduced to two applications requesting $350,000. These two applications are the final remaining applications left from the last open funding round of 2009.  
  • The 2014 application intake round brought 33 applicants that requested $7.5 million through an initial intake form.  These applicants have secured a place in line to approach the Fund and will be contacted when the Fund is in the position 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 both 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. The next of these meetings will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 4 to 5:30 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. This meeting should be of particular interest to the 33 dry cleaning establishments that completed pre-application intake forms, as DECD will be providing information on next steps and the full application process.

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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