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Compliance Guide for Dry Cleaners

I. Introduction

Tetrachloroethylene, also known as Perchloroethylene, is commonly referred to as PERC or PCE. The term ‘PERC’ is used throughout this Compliance Guide. The term ‘Regulations’ refers to the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations.

The Regulations apply to owners or operators of dry-cleaning machines/facilities using PERC and to sellers of PERC to such owners or operators. Regardless of the intended use of PERC, a person that imports or recycles PERC is subject to the reporting provisions of the Regulations.

This Compliance Guide is only intended for the owners or operators of dry-cleaning machines/facilities (that is, dry cleaners) using PERC. Separate fact sheets have been prepared for the sellers, importers and recyclers of PERC. These fact sheets are available from the appropriate regional Environment Canada contact listed in Appendix A.

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