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he Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is implementing an Environmental Results Program (ERP) for dry cleaners through a recent grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The ERP is an alternative to traditional regulation that requires self-audits with accompanying self-certification to validate compliance with environmental requirements.

An ERP is most often used in states like Nevada that have sectors with many small business owners with a significant collective environmental impact. Nevada's program has been developed for the dry cleaning sector in the State's two most populated counties: Washoe (Reno/Sparks) and Clark (Las Vegas/Henderson).

The ERP project is being conducted in collaboration with the Nevada's Business Environmental Program and county and city regulatory officials.

The ERP requires establishment of a baseline of dry cleaner environmental compliance and performance, outreach and assistance, a multi-media self certification program and a follow-up assessment that measures improvements in dry cleaner compliance and environmental performance in the metropolitan areas of Washoe and Cark counties.

It will address regulatory requirements established under the resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA).

For more information contact , NDEP Bureau of Waste Management -- NDEP Carson City Office 775 687-9478

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