A first-in-the-nation grant program targeting air pollution caused by dry cleaning has been an initial success in New Jersey, with nearly 300 applications received statewide to finance new and upgraded dry cleaning equipment, and with thousands of pounds of pollutants already removed from the air, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
“Improving air quality in New Jersey is a priority issue for Gov. Christie and the DEP,” said Commissioner Martin. “This program reduces toxic emissions, benefiting the public health and welfare. But, at the same time, it also has eased the burden on small business owners who are making sacrifices for the public good.”
The DEP grant program finances replacement of dry cleaning machines that use harmful chemicals with new, environmentally friendly models. In particular, it targets machines that use the chemical perchlolroethylene (PCE) in the dry cleaning process for replacement or upgrades, with a goal of reducing the amount of the toxic chemical emitted into the air by as much as 450 tons a year.