US EPA to regulate dry cleaning solvent

Dozens of perchloroethylene uses pose health risks to workers and consumers.

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A Superfund cleanup in Jacksonville failed. Without federal funding for a fix, contamination is spreading.

After 30 years, and the expenditure of roughly $1 million in taxpayer money, the cleanup at ABC Cleaners should be nearly finished. Instead, because of contractual disputes, recalcitrant business owners, broken equipment and even hurricane damage, the cleanup at ABC Cleaners — one of the most complicated dry cleaning projects in North Carolina — has failed.


DEQ, EPA to hold briefing on largely forgotten Superfund site in heart of Billings

Testing results have shown that solvents from old dry cleaning businesses in central and downtown Billings are evaporating into the air at several locations above the 855-acre plume of tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and other compounds.

Credit: Steve Whittaker

Steve Whittaker and Ashley Pedersen: It’s time to get toxic chemicals out of dry cleaning

KING COUNTY, Wash. — When perchloroethylene (PERC) was introduced to the dry cleaning industry in the 1930s, it must have seemed like a miracle solvent.

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