Current Regulations

Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations (SOR/2003-79)

The purpose of the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations is to reduce releases of tetrachloroethylene to the environment from dry-cleaning facilities. These reductions will be attained by requiring newer, more efficient dry-cleaning machines, by minimizing spills of tetrachloroethylene, and by managing the collection and disposal of residues and waste water.

The reporting provisions in these Regulations apply to persons who import or recycle tetrachloroethylene for any use, to persons who sell tetrachloroethylene to dry cleaners, and to dry cleaners. The provisions are harmonized as much as possible with the Solvent Degreasing Regulations. Persons with a diverse commercial market will thereby avoid the inconvenience of reporting their tetrachloroethylene quantities separately, under two related federal regulations, to Environment Canada. The Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations are put forth under the authority provided by subsection 93(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

Contact Information:

Products Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 1-888-391-3426
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Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2001-08-18 Vol. 135, No. 33
Part 2: 2003-03-12 Vol. 137, No. 6

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