A discharge, leak or spill of even a small quantity of PERC will eventually have significant legal implications for drycleaners. Lawsuits from landlords and neighbours may result. Orders and prosecutions from environmental regulators may arise. Landlords will have no mercy under the lease or when attempting to renegotiate lease terms. Often one or more of these implications occur at once. Absent legal compliance and environmental management best practices, you are very broadly exposed to environmental legal liability for which you may or may not have insurance coverage (check your policies!).
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