Perchloroethylene or “perc” is a hazardous solvent once commonly used in dry cleaning operations. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed HF91, a bipartisan bill banning a harmful dry cleaning solvent into law during 2021. In addition to the chemical ban, the bill provides technical and financial assistance to businesses to help convert to safer alternatives through the Dry Cleaner Cost Share program.
Dry Cleaner Cost Share Program
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency developed a Dry Cleaner Cost Share program. The program, which includes funding of up to $20,000 per project is now accepting applications through Monday, Oct. 4. Applicants are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible. There are multiple steps that will require some time to complete. Support is available but questions must be directed through the grants team at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Email questions to email@example.com and use the subject line “Dry cleaner cost share question” no later than 4 p.m. CT on September 27, 2021.
Clean Air Assistance Program funds available
Financial incentives offered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are not the only ones available to dry cleaners. The Clean Air Assistance Project offers eligible dry cleaning businesses in Ramsey County funding up to 75% of project costs (up to a total of $50,000.) Eligible project costs include:
- Testing and analysis.
- Equipment costs.
- Installation, including contractor materials and labor.
- Essential staff training on new equipment/processes.
- Decommissioning of old equipment.
The Clean Air Assistance Project is one of several community-focused initiatives to improve air quality in Minnesota, especially in communities most impacted by poor air quality. In January 2021, we highlighted program successes and encourage anyone interested in learning more about what we do to read about Environmental Initiative’s powerful partnerships.