Environmental Management Assistance Program

Dry Cleaning Industry Resources

The dry cleaning industry is one industrial sector that is regulated by Pennsylvania DEP and EPA due to issues of air emissions, hazardous waste, and wastewater. Each dry cleaner may have different requirements or regulations dependent on whether the dry cleaning equipment uses perchloroethylene (PCE or “perc”) or non-chlorinated, hydrocarbon-based petroleum solvents.

Featured Resources

Pennsylvania DEP Air Permit Exemption List

This the Air Quality Permit Exemptions document by Pennsylvania DEP provides criteria for sources and physical changes to sources determined to be eligible for air quality permitting exemptions as sources of minor significance.

Air Management Services (AMS)

Philadelphia dry cleaners should review the Air Management Services (AMS) Dry Cleaning Regulations for the City of Philadelphia.


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Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.
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