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Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF)

The DERF Program closed to new applicants on August 30, 2008.

The Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF) reimburses the investigation and cleanup costs of contamination caused by dry cleaning chemical discharges.

Basics

The Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund Program (DERP) is a reimbursement program for dry cleaners for the investigation and cleanup costs of dry cleaning facilities.

Background

This program was created in the 1997-1999 state budget, effective 10/14/97. This program was developed by the dry cleaning industry to cover eligible costs associated with responding to, investigating and cleaning up contamination caused by releases of dry cleaning solvents. The program is funded by a license fee for dry cleaners and a solvent fee on the sale of dry cleaning solvents. Two department bureaus, Remediation & Redevelopment and Community Financial Assistance, work in partnership to administer the program to dry cleaners.

Bidding

Bidding information
  • Bid Requirements (RR-750) [PDF] helps dry cleaners understand the bidding requirements found in Chapter NR169.
  • Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF) Site Investigation Bid Cover Sheets Instructions (RR-717) [PDF] provides instructions for completing Form 4400-233.
  • DERF Site Investigation Bid Forms and Bid Summary (Form 4400-233) [ZIP]. This form is required to document all consultant selection process for site investigations that were initiated after April 19, 2004 (when the form became available for use). It summaries the minimum 3 proposals received as part of the program's bidding requirements, and provides a consistent format for submitting costs in the categories of drilling, analytical, consulting, and miscellaneous costs. Included in the Zip file are the instructions (RR-717) for filling out this form.
  • Remedial Action Bid Checklist (RR-756) [PDF] - A tool for environmental consultants to use as they prepare bids for remedial actions undertaken for the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Program. NR 169 requires that each remedial action bid document contain specific information before the bid can be considered complete. Each bid must be complete before it can be compared to competing bids in the bid selection process. Bidders should use the checklist to determine the completeness of their bid before they submit the bid to the dry cleaner owner/operator and the DNR.
  • DERF Interim and Remedial Bid Proposal Summary (Form 4400-212) [PDF]. This form is required to document all consultant selection process for interim and remedial actions that were initialized on or after February 1, 2000. It summarizes the minimum 3 proposals received as part of the program's bidding requirements.
Consultant selection

Milestones

Interim and immediate action requests must be submitted within 120 days of the completed action.

Site investigation requests

  • Minimum request is $15,000.
  • Limited to one request per fiscal year.
  • Maximum of three requests accompanied by an approved change order.
  • Final request may be submitted anytime along with the site investigation report and remedial action options report.

Remedial action requests

  • Limited to two requests per fiscal year.
  • Final request may be submitted anytime.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement forms

Beginning on July 1, 2012, all reimbursement claims and scope change requests (change orders) must be submitted using the DERF Linking Spreadsheet (Form 4400-214D).

Case study of a site investigation (SI) claim:

For assistance, contact the DERF auditor listed on the Help tab.

Change orders

As of July 1, 2012, all reimbursement claims and scope change requests (change orders) must be submitted with the DERF Linking Spreadsheet (Form 4400-214D). The form, instructions for using the spreadsheet and a case study of a claim are provided in the Reimbursement tab. Visit the Help tab for DNR staff contact information.

Change order instructions

Changes needed to the original contract for site investigation or remedial action work require approval by the DNR project manager, unless costs will be less than $3,000 or five percent of the total contract. All changes require prior approval from the DNR project manager and notification to the owner/operator.

  • A change order is needed when either:
    • changes are needed to the scope of work tasks that result in increased costs; or
    • costs need to be shifted between consultant costs and sub-contractor costs.
  • All change orders must be accompanied by:

Fund stats

Program statistics

  • Reimbursement Requests Pending [PDF]: This spreadsheet shows all reimbursement applications that have been audited and are pending payment, or that have been submitted or not yet audited, for costs incurred since October 14, 1997. (updated 05/15/2017)
  • Current Cost Payments [PDF]: This spreadsheet shows all eligible cost that were reimbursed if they were incurred since October 14, 1997. (update coming June 2017)
  • Payments by Site [PDF]: This spreadsheet shows all payments for current and past DERF reimbursements by site location.(update coming June 2017)
  • Program Revenues [PDF]: This information illustrates all funds collected per fiscal year in each of the categories since the DERF program started. There is also a graphic showing the percentage of each category with respect to the total amount collected. (update coming June 2017)
  • Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF) Highlights (RR-882) [PDF]

Help

Contact information
For general questions about DERF, reimbursements or payments contact:
Jennifer Feyerherm
Grant Manager/DERF Auditor
608-266-1967
For information on dry cleaning contamination, contact:
Alyssa Sellwood
Remediation & Redevelopment Program
608-266-3084
For more information about the licensing requirements for drycleaners, visit the Department of Revenue website [exit DNR].
If you have questions about your dry cleaning facility or a cleanup you are involved with, you should contact your regional Remediation and Redevelopment Program project manager by searching the DNR Staff Directory.
Last revised: Monday May 15 2017