How Many Cleaners Are Impacted?
According to SCAQMD staff, the perc usage limits impact approximately 1,300 cleaners.
When Does the Annual Perc Usage Limit Take Effect?
Upon returning your risk reduction plan to SCAQMD, staff will reissue the permit to operate your perc machine. If you accepted your perc usage limit, this will be reflected as a condition of your permit. If you stated that you will be replacing your machine with a non-perc alternative within 3 years, that will be a condition of your permit. Your perc usage limit should begin once your new permit is issued.
Please note that your current perc machine will still have to have primary and secondary controls.
Are the Annual Usage Limits Based on a Calendar Year or Is It 365 Days From My Permit Change Date?
As of March 12th, SCAQMD staff was unsure if annual perc usage limits would be determined on a calendar year basis (January 1st through December 31st) or on a 365 day basis (365 days from the date they changed your permit).
How Are Annual Perc Purchases Determined?
SCAQMD wil be determining annual perc purchases using the records kept by dry cleaners. Currently, they do not plan on requiring sales records from suppliers but can request them at any time.
What If I Indicated I Would Replace My Machine With a Non-Perc Technology But Change My Mind?
What you indicated in your risk reduction plan is a binding condition of your permit to operate and, once submitted to SCAQMD, cannot be changed. Also, if you choose to sell, your permit and the conditions attached will transfer to the new owner.
In the South Coast Air Quality Managment District, which Technologies Do Not Need A Permit?
Currently, SCAQMD only allows CO2, GreenEarth and professional wetcleaning machines to be operated without a permit. All other dry cleaning technologies need a permit.
If you plan on changing to a technology that does not require a permit, be sure to let SCAQMD know. By cancelling your exisiting perc permit, you could be saving yourself some money.
Please note, that regulatory agencies have been known to change their mind on these issues so we always recommend calling to verify permit requirements before purchasing and installing any new dry cleaning machine.