Perc Training Course

A. General Information:

The Fund consists of three (3) programs:

  • Licensing (mandatory participation)
    Any business interested in operating a drycleaning facility in Illinois needs to apply for a license through the Illinois Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund (Fund). Click here for an application (you need Adobe Acrobat to view it).
  • Pollution liability insurance coverage (voluntary participation)
    The insurance program provides financial assistance for the cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination that occurs and is discovered after the effective date of the insurance policy.
  • Remedial action (voluntary participation)
    The remedial action program is designed to provide cleanup benefits to Illinois retail drycleaning facilities with existing chlorine based and/or hydrocarbon based drycleaning solvent soil and groundwater contamination.

B. Licensing Program:

All retail drycleaning facilities in Illinois are required to be licensed annually by the Fund.

  1. Is the license fee an annual fee or a one-time fee?
  2. What is the annual license fee period?
  3. What is the amount of the annual license fee?
  4. When is the license fee due?
  5. Where do I pay my annual license fee?
  6. Can I submit a business or personal check to the Department of Revenue for payment of my annual license fee?
  7. Where can I obtain a license application form?
  8. What do I do with the copy of the DS-3 form I receive back from the Department of Revenue after I have paid my annual license fee?
  9. I have not received my certified copy of my DS-3 form from the Department of Revenue. Who can I contact to find out the status of my license fee payment and obtain a certified copy of my DS-3 form?
  10. Where do I go to make a credit card payment to pay my license fee?
  11. What do I use to show a payment made by credit card?
  12. What are green solvents?
  13. What is a reclaimer and how do I determine what I have?
  14. How can I verify that a drycleaning facility is currently licensed?
 

Question 1: Is the license fee an annual fee or a one-time fee?
Answer: The license fee is an annual fee effective January 1, 1998.

Question 2: What is the annual license fee period?
Answer: The annual license period is January 1 through December 31.

Question 3: What is the amount of the annual license fee?
Answer: The annual license fee is determined by the annual volume of drycleaning solvent purchased for the year preceding the license.
Annual license fees are as follows:

For License Years 1998 through 2003

License Fee
Chlorine Based Solvents
Petroleum Based Solvents
$500
0 to 140 gal
0 - 1,400 gal
$1,000
>140 gal and <360 gal
>1,400 gal and <3,600 gal
$1,500
360 gal or more
3,600 gal or more

For License Years 2004 through 2006:

License Fee
Chlorine Based Solvents
Green Solvents
Petroleum w/reclaiming
Petroleum w/o reclaiming
$ 500 0 - 50 gal 0 - 50 gal 0 - 250 gal 0 - 500 gal
$1,000 > 50 -100 gal > 50 -100 gal >250-500 gal >500-1000
$1,500 >100-150 gal >100-150 gal >500-750 gal >1000-1500
$2,000 >150-200 gal >150-200 gal >750-1000 gal >1500-2000
$2,500 >200-250 gal >200-250 gal >1000-1250 gal >2000-2500
$3,000 >250-300 gal >250-300 gal >1250-1500 gal >2500-3000
$3,000 >300-350 gal >300-350 gal >1500-1750 gal >3000-3500
$4,000 >350-400 gal >350-400 gal >1750-2000 gal >3500-4000
$4,500 >400-450 gal >400-450 gal >2000-2250 gal >4000-4500
$4,500 >450-500 gal >450-500 gal >2250-2500 gal >4500-5000
$4,500 >500-550 gal >500-550 gal >2500-2750 gal >5000-5500
$4,500 >550-600 gal >550-600 gal >2750-3000 gal >5500-6000
$4,500 More than 600 gal More than 600 gal >3000-3250 gal More than 6000 gal
$4,500     >3250-3500 gal  
$4,500     >3500-3750 gal  
$4,500     >3750-4000 gal  
$4,500     More than 4000 gal  

For License Years 2007 and after:

License Fee
Chlorine Based Solvents
Green Solvents
Petroleum
w/reclaiming
Petroleum
w/o reclaiming

$1,500

0 - 50 gal

0 - 50 gal

0 - 250 gal

0 - 500 gal

$2,250

> 50 -100 gal

> 50 -100 gal

>250-500 gal

>500-1000

$3,000

>100-150 gal

>100-150 gal

>500-750 gal

>1000-1500

$3,750

>150-200 gal

>150-200 gal

>750-1000

>1500-2000

$4,500

>200-250 gal

>200-250 gal

>1000-1250

>2000-2500

$5,000

>250-300 gal

>250-300 gal

>1250-1500

>2500-3000

$5,000

>300-350 gal

>300-350 gal

>1500-1750

>3000-3500

$5,000

>350-400 gal

>350-400 gal

>1750-2000

>3500-4000

$5,000

>400-450 gal

>400-450 gal

>2000-2250

>4000-4500

$5,000

>450-500 gal

>450-500 gal

>2250-2500

>4500-5000

$5,000

>500-550 gal

>500-550 gal

>2500-2750

>5000-5500

$5,000

>550-600 gal

>550-600 gal

>2750-3000

>5500-6000

$5,000

More than 600 gal

More than 600 gal

>3000-3250

More than 6000 gal

$5,000

x

x

>3250-3500

x

$5,000

x

x

>3500-3750

x

$5,000

x

x

>3750-4000

x

$5,000

x

x

More than 4000 gal

x

If you use both types of solvent at your facility, your license fee will be based on combined usage of both types of solvents. The combined usage will be determined by using a conversion factor. Please contact our office in order to properly calculate your license fee amount if you have multiple solvent types.

Question 4: When is the license fee due?
Answer: Beginning in 1999, the license fee is due by November 1st of each year and is delinquent after December 31st. The license fee for calendar year 2000 should be paid by December 31, 1999. Late payments or under payments may be charged a penalty until the correct fee is paid. Maximum late payment penalty is $5.00 per day.

Question 5: Where do I pay my annual license fee?
Answer: The annual license fee is paid directly to the Illinois Department of Revenue, using Dry-Cleaning Operators' License Fee Payment Form DS-3. The Fund will mail a form DS-3 to all known operators of active drycleaners in November of each year. The license fee and the payment form DS-3 are to be submitted to the Department of Revenue at the address listed on the DS-3 form.

Question 6: Can I submit a personal check to the Department of Revenue for payment of my annual license fee?
Answer: No. The Department of Revenue requires that a cashier's check, money order, traveler's check, business check, credit card payment or cash be used as payment of the annual license fee.

Question 7: Where can I obtain a license application form?
Answer: Click here for an online application, call Williams & Company Consulting, Inc. at 800-765-4041 or email a request for an application form.

Question 8: What do I do with the copy of the DS-3 form I receive back from the Department of Revenue or the credit card receipt after I have paid my annual license fee?
Answer: Attach the certified copy of the DS-3 form or your credit card receipt to your annual license application and send your license application to the Fund Administrator for processing.

Question 9: I have not received my certified copy of my DS-3 form from the Department of Revenue. Who can I contact to find out the status of my license fee payment and obtain a certified copy of my DS-3 form?
Answer: You can call the Department of Revenue at 217-782-7517 or write them at:
Illinois Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 19034
Springfield, IL 62794-9034
You will need to talk to the Sales Tax Division.

Question 10: Where do I go to make a credit card payment to pay my license fee?
Answer: Credit card payments can be paid directly through the State of Illinois Treasurer’s website at www.illinoisepay.com

Question 11: What do I use to show a payment made by credit card?
Answer: A receipt can be printed from your computer at the time you make your payment through the state’s website and then submit this receipt to our office with your licensing paperwork.  If you do not print the receipt when you are in the screen yet, you cannot go back and get this document.  Please make sure you print it when you make your payment online.

Question 12: What are green solvents?
Answer: A green solvent is usually biodegradable and environmentally safe. Please click here for a list of solvents classified as "green" by the Council.

Question 13: What is a relcaimer and how do I determine what I have?
Answer: A reclaimer is a process by which solvent vapors are recaptured during the drycleaning process and are not emitted into the atmosphere. Please click here for more detailed explanation.

Question 14: How can I verify that a drycleaning facility is currently licensed?
Answer: You can view the current license, which is required to be posted at the facility or you can click here for a current listing of licensed drycleaning facilities. You may also call the Fund at 800-765-4041 and inquire about a license for a specific facility.

C. Insurance Program:

The insurance fund will provide financial assistance for the cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination that occurs and is discovered after the effective date of the policy. Maximum cleanup benefits will be $500,000 with a $10,000 deductible. The annual premium is actuarially established, based on various risk factors.

  1. Are there specific requirements my facility must meet in order to obtain insurance coverage from the Fund?
  2. It is my understanding that the Fund requires that I be participating in a Council-approved compliance program to obtain the Fund's insurance coverage. What programs have currently been approved?
  3. Where can I get an insurance application?
  4. Do I have to do a site investigation prior to qualifying for insurance coverage from the Fund?
  5. If I discontinue my drycleaning operations halfway through the year, can I receive an insurance premium refund?
  6. If I sell my drycleaning business to another individual, can I transfer the insurance policy to the new operator?

Question 1: Are there specific requirements my facility must meet in order to obtain insurance coverage from the Fund?
Answer: Yes. See a listing of the requirements by clicking here.

Question 2: It is my understanding that the Fund requires that I participate in a Council-approved compliance program to obtain the Fund's insurance coverage. What programs have currently been approved?
Answer: Click here for a list of approved Compliance Programs, contact the Fund Administrator at 800-765-4041 or email a request for a current list of Council approved compliance programs.

Question 3: Where can I get an insurance application? Answer: Click here for an online application or contact the Fund Administrator at 800-765-4041 or email a request for an application form.

Question 4: Do I have to do a site investigation prior to qualifying for insurance coverage from the Fund?
Answer: Yes. Any site wishing to obtain insurance coverage from the Fund must complete a site investigation prior to being accepted into the Fund. Contact the Fund Administrator for detailed requirements for the site investigation.

Question 5: If I discontinue my drycleaning operations halfway through the year, can I receive an insurance premium refund?
Answer: No. The insurance premium is fully earned upon policy issue. No premium refund for a partial year will be given.

Question 6: If I sell my drycleaning business to another individual, can I transfer the insurance policy to the new operator?
Answer: Yes. The insurance policy may be transferred from the current named insured to another insurable party upon completion of an insurance policy transfer form that must be signed by the existing policyholder and the prospective policyholder.

D. Remedial Action Program

The Remedial Action Program will provide reimbursement of site investigation costs and cleanup of existing soil and groundwater contamination that is discovered at the facility after July 1, 1997 and before June 30, 2006. Application for remedial benefits must be submitted to the Fund by June 30, 2005. Claims for remedial benefits must be filed with the Fund by June 30, 2006.

  1. Are there specific eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive benefits from the Remedial Program?
  2. Is there any applicable deductible for obtaining benefits from the Remedial Program?
  3. Is there a summary document that assists in explaining the claim filing process?
  4. Do I need to have the Fund's pre-approval of all cleanup costs prior to moving ahead with cleanup work?
  5. To what level do I need to clean my site?
  6. Does the Fund require competitive bids for cost approvals?

Question 1: Are there specific eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive benefits from the Remedial Program?
Answer: Yes. For a listing of these requirements, click here.

Question 2: Is there any applicable deductible for obtaining benefits from the Remedial Program?
Answer: Yes.

Active drycleaning facilities have the following deductibles:

  • $5,000 for site investigation costs
  • $15,000 for cleanup costs


For inactive drycleaning facilities there is a:

  • $10,000 for site investigation costs
  • $15,000 for cleanup costs

Question 3: Is there a summary document that assists in explaining the claim filing process?
Answer: Yes. The Council has developed a "Claim Kit" that outlines general information that must be followed to obtain remedial benefits. You can download this online or contact the Fund Administrator for a copy.

Question 4: Do I need to have the Fund's pre-approval of all cleanup costs prior to moving ahead with cleanup work?
Answer: Yes. The Fund requires that all costs be pre-approved. An exception would be made for costs incurred on eligible claims between July 1, 1997 and July 1, 1999. The Fund will reimburse eligible claimant's usual and customary costs for eligible work conducted at the site.

Question 5: To what level do I need to clean my site?
Answer: The cleanup level required at your site will be determined by applying TACO in accordance with Illinois EPA site remediation program. A Licensed Professional Engineer shall conduct the investigation and prepare a scope of work for Fund review. Only those costs necessary to cleanup the drycleaning solvent contamination at the site to site specific levels as determined by TACO will be reimbursed by the Fund.

Question 6: Does the Fund require competitive bids for cost approvals?
Answer: Yes. The Fund will request, in most instances, that a claimant get three (3) competitive bids. The bids are to be submitted to the Fund for their review and approval. The Fund will notify the claimant of the cost and scope of work approved.

E. Other FAQ

Question 1: What is perc?
Answer: Perc is short for perchloroethylene. Perchloroethylene is the primary chemical solvent used to dryclean clothes. It's been used as a solvent for more than 50 years. Perc is a clear, colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor that evaporates quickly. Most professional drycleaners use perc to remove stains and dirt from fabrics. Since perc can be reused, it is a cost-effective and efficient solvent for cleaning clothes. Perc is also a toxic chemical known to cause cancer in animals and is a concern for human health and the environment.

Question 2: What is wetcleaning?
Answer: Wetcleaning is a water-based alternative to drycleaning clothes. In drycleaning, every clothing item is treated the same. Wetcleaning customizes treatment for each garment according to the item's fabric and soiling. Wetcleaning appeals to the environment point of view because of a low percent of additives. However, they are still unsure about the environmental impact of wetcleaning. For more information about wetcleaning, visit the EPA.

SUMMARY
As additional frequently asked questions regarding the Fund are identified, this FAQ sheet will be updated. For updated information on the Fund, contact the Fund Administrator at 800-765-4041 ext 1.
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