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Environment

Minneapolis goes perchloroethylene-free

by Marc S. Reisch
February 5, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 6

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Dry cleaners in Minneapolis no longer use perchloroethylene.
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Dry cleaners in Minneapolis no longer use perchloroethylene.

The City of Minneapolis says the last clothing dry cleaner in town to use perchloroethylene has switched to safer hydrocarbon solvents. The distinction makes it the first “perc-free” city in the nation, the city claims. A city-sponsored cost-sharing program helped dry cleaners make the switch from perchloroethylene, considered a likely carcinogen.

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