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

Perchloroethylene, a probable human carcinogen, remains the most frequently-used solvent for dry cleaning. It's time to help the industry change—and our county is doing just that.

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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