Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998)
This page last reviewed July 31, 2015
Assembly Bill 998 (AB 998)
established the Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program
to provide financial assistance to the dry cleaning industry to switch
from systems using perchloroethylene (Perc), an identified toxic air
contaminant and potential human carcinogen, to non-toxic and non-smog
forming alternatives. The legislation also requires the Air Resources
Board (ARB) to establish a demonstration program to showcase these
technologies statewide. AB 998 requires ARB to impose a three-dollar
($3) per gallon fee on the importers of Perc for dry cleaning
operations commencing January 1, 2004. This fee will increase
one-dollar ($1) per gallon per year from 2005 through 2013. As required
by the legislation, the majority of the funds collected by the fee will
be used to provide $10,000 grants to assist dry cleaners in switching
to non-toxic and non-smog forming cleaning technologies such as wet
cleaning and carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning. The balance of funds will
be used to establish the demonstration program.
Additional information can be downloaded below:
- Assembly Bill 998
- April 2004 AB 998 Fact Sheet [English] [Korean]
- Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program Brochure [English] [Korean]
Non-Toxic, Non-Smog Forming Grant Program
The grant program for the dry cleaning industry began in August 2004. The program provides $10,000 grants to any eligible dry cleaners in the state that is willing to transition from the use of Perc machines to alternative non-toxic and non-smog forming technologies such as water-based and CO2 cleaning systems.
To apply for a grant, please read the grant guidelines and complete the grant application below. ARB has also included a list of vendors and suppliers of these non-toxic and non-smog forming technologies, and a list of past grant award recipients.
- Grant Guidelines [English] [Korean]
- Grant Application [English] [Korean]
- Grant Recipients List [2005-06]      
- Summary of California Professional Wet Cleaning Grants
- Complimentary Vendors and Suppliers List (This list is provided as a courtesy and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. This list may not include all the vendors for Water-Based and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Cleaning Technologies)
- Frequently Asked Questions
The demonstration program for
the dry cleaning industry began in 2007.
Since its inception, the demonstration program has been administered by
outside researchers such as the University of California, Los Angeles.
The funding for this program allowed these researchers to effectively
demonstrate the approved non-toxic and non-smog forming dry cleaning
technologies. At this time, however, ARB believes the participation and
effectiveness of the demonstration program could be increased by
opening the program to the local districts. The objectives of the
demonstration program are to showcase the approved non-toxic and
non-smog forming technologies by providing dry cleaners:
- Opportunities to view the operations of non-toxic and non-smog forming technologies at various demonstration sites,
- Educational and technical resources for approved non-toxic and non-smog forming technologies,
- Contact information of demonstration site facility owners, and
- Financial incentives for approved demonstration site facility applicants.
In addition, ARB is allowing
the opportunity for individual dry cleaners to become a demonstration
site facility. In doing so, there could be financial incentives in the
form of a demonstration site grant for becoming a demonstration site
facility. ARB is hopeful that this additional financial incentive will
help move forward the replacement of Perc technologies with non-toxic
and non-smog forming alternatives. Please read the demonstration site
guidelines or our FAQs for more information. To apply for becoming a
demonstration site facility, please complete the demonstration site
- Demonstration Site Guidelines [English]
- Demonstration Site Application [English]
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Professional Wetcleaning Demonstration Video by UCLA (links to an external site)
- Demonstration Program Notice 2015-1
Upcoming Demonstration Workshops
|August 30, 2015||Bay Area AQMD||Santa Rosa|
*Note: You can download a copy of the workshop flyer on the Demonstration Workshop website.
Additional Financial Assistance Programs
The following list of companies offer financing options for small businesses through grants, small business loans, credit lines, and cash advances. This list is not meant to imply ARB endorsement or recommendation of any kind. Companies not listed here may email us and request to be added. This list is not screened or ranked in any way. Users of this list are warned to use due diligence in evaluating offerings from companies on this list.
- Revolving Loan Funds (RLF): Contact your local city and county government offices for more information. RLFs are handled by your local Dept of Economic Development, Department of Commerce, or similar agency.
- Postcard notice of upcoming regulatory deadlines and information on available grants
Where can I get more information?
To get more information about AB 998, please contact Mei Fong or Ily
Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org.