Activists Challenge EPA Rule Allowing Continued Use of Toxic Solvent

Washington, DC —The Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, today filed a lawsuit in federal court that challenges the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to phase out the use of perchloroethylene, a highly toxic chemical still used as a solvent in most dry cleaning facilities.  Approximately 27,000 dry cleaners currently use perchloroethylene, also known as “perc” or…

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Green Dry Cleaning

Click here for Original Post For the past 20 years, Mr. Kim has been spearheading the development of Green Dry Cleaning throughout California, Washington and Colorado. His objective is to build successful infrastructures of Green Dry Cleaners by educating and converting existing drycleaners who use toxic chemicals to the new water-based process called “Professional Wetcleaning”.…

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The Messy Truth About Dry Cleaning

When it comes to the environment, traditional dry cleaning is downright dirty. The liquid solvent used at 85 percent of dry cleaners, perchloroethylene, known as “perc,” is unequivocally bad for people and the planet: It’s a central nervous system depressant and respiratory irritant that the Environmental Protection Agency deems a “probable human carcinogen.” According to…

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Wet’s Going On?

A Huntington Beach business launders clothes in water and biodegradable enzymes instead of dry-cleaning chemicals. There are signs that a trend could emerge. January 02, 1997|KATHRYN BOLD | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Irene White used to avoid dry-cleaners because she couldn’t tolerate the solvents they used to clean her clothes. “I had a sensitivity to…

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