From the Wall Street Journal:
Industry reps say such research is inconclusive. "We don't have any hard data, but as far as cancer in our industry, there is no higher rate," says Alan Spielvogel, director of technical services for the cleaners association. "And we try to have our [cleaners] handle the solvents in an environmentally friendly manner." Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring a phase-out of perc at dry cleaners located in residential buildings. And some individual states are clamping down, including California, which last year passed a law to ban use of the solvent in dry cleaning by 2023.
These moves, coupled with consumer appetite for eco-anything, are fueling the growth of professional cleaners who dub themselves as "greener." They're ditching perc for myriad alternatives, such as liquefied carbon dioxide, silicone and gentle, biodegradable detergents.
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