Petroleum Dry Cleaners: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

Rule Summary

The standards require the installation and use of solvent recovery dryers when dryers are installed at affected petroleum dry cleaning plants. In addition, the standards require the use of cartridge filters for each affected plant installing solvent filtration systems, and used filter cartridges must be drained for at least 8 hours in their closed housing prior to disposal.

The standards will reduce the cumulative nationwide volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from petroleum dry cleaners through the first 5 years following promulgation of the standards by an average of 22,700 megagrams (25,000 tons) or 41 percent, relative to baseline emissions (i.e., emissions in the absence of the standards).

Rule History

10/17/2000 – Final Rule; Amendments to Stationary Source Testing and Monitoring Rules

11/27/1985 - Response to Petition for Reconsideration & Final Amendments to the Rule

09/21/1984 - Final Rule

12/14/1982 - Proposed Rule and Notice of Public Hearing

Additional Resources

Petroleum Dry Cleaners - Background Information for Promulgated Standards

Related Rules

Control Technique Guidance: Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Large Petroleum Dry Cleaners

National Perchloroethylene Air Emission Standards for Dry Cleaning Facilities (MACT)


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