Q. When would the DEQ Dry Cleaner Program officially end?
A: Subject to legislative action, during the 2023 legislative session, the program would sunset (end) the program on Jan. 1, 2024.
Q: When would DEQ stop collecting fees associated with the program?
A: Subject to legislative action, no fees would be due after Dec. 31, 2023.
Q: What happens to liability protection?
A: Subject to legislative action, a determination of liability would be subject to ORS 465.255, strict liability for remedial action costs for injury or destruction of natural resource. This law defines persons strictly liable for remedial action costs and for injury to, or destruction of, natural resources attributable to or associated with a release of hazardous substances.
In other words, liability would be the same as for any other property. Essentially, the situation would revert to how it was prior to the existence of the Dry Cleaner Program.
Q: Why prohibit perc?
A: Perc poses risks to worker health, public health, animal health and the environment. It can get into soil and groundwater, and from there into drinking water and air in neighboring buildings. If spilled or released to the environment, perc is very difficult and expensive to clean up.
Q: Why prohibit n-propyl bromide?
A: Like, perc, n-propyl bromide poses risks worker health, public health, animal health and the environment. Workers exposed to higher levels of this solvent for weeks, months, or years have experienced severe effects requiring hospitalization, including incoordination, weakness, loss of feeling, inability to walk, and damage to nerves. Damage to the nervous system may not be reversible, resulting in long-term effects even after exposure is stopped.