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Environmental Results & P2 for Dry Cleaners

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In the summer of 1999, three dry cleaners annouced they will install equipment that will reduce the amount of chemicals they use and pollution they emit under terms of three separate consent orders with the Department of Environmental Protection.

Parfait Cleaners of Northbridge, Wonderland Cleaners of Revere, and Royal Cleaners of Worcester are enrolled in a new state-wide project called the Environmental Results Program (ERP). Under ERP, DEP relieves regulated businesses of the need to obtain prescriptive permits, but holds them accountable for their environmental performance. Once a year, they must certify to DEP that they are in compliance with regulatory standards. In return, the agency concentrates on setting strict but achievable environmental standards tailored to each industrial and commercial sector, and doing more inspections and audits to verify that the standards are being met.

According to DEP Deputy Commissioner, Edward Kunce, "This program holds company officials accountable for meeting environmental standards. Before ERP, small companies like these frequently slipped through the cracks because we didn't have enough time or staff to inspect them regularly."

Project Contact
Name Paul Walsh
Phone 617-556-1011
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Multimedia Inspections & Permitting
Industrial Sectors Garment Cleaning
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 9 No. 2, Summer 1999 [PDF]


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