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TECH. ALTER. AVAILABLE TO DRY CLEANERS



Thought other would have an interest in this...

EPA PUBLISHES ASSESSMENT OF TECHNOLOGY ALTERNATIVES 
AVAILABLE TO DRYCLEANERS 

EPA is publishing a technical comparative assessment on new and 
innovative technologies available to help the professional dry 
cleaning industry evaluate and consider moving towards these more 
environmentally responsible cleaning systems.  The assessment is 
intended to provide the industry with information on commercially 
available and emerging cleaning technologies, and emphasizes factors 
associated with the environmental impacts of a technology, along with 
cost and performance.  Environmental concerns have become increasingly 
important to drycleaners in recent years due to tighter restrictions 
on air emissions and workplace exposure limits for perchloroethylene, 
a chemical solvent widely used in traditional drycleaning operations.  
In its assessment, EPA finds that over the past ten years, the 
drycleaning industry has significantly reduced its use of 
perchloroethylene, primarily through process improvements and 
machinery upgrades.  Among new cleaning technologies, at least one, a 
water-based process known as "wetcleaning" has been successfully 
commercialized.  Other technologies, including an environmentally 
preferable cleaning system based on liquid carbon dioxide, also are 
being developed, but have not yet been commercialized.  Entitled 
"Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment:  Professional Fabricare 
Processes," EPA's assessment was written as part of a voluntary 
partnership with the drycleaning industry and other stakeholders 
through EPA's Design for the Environment Garment and Textile Program.  
The comprehensive technical assessment, a summary version of the 
assessment, fact sheet, and information on the Garment and Textile 
Care  program, are available through the Pollution Prevention 
Information Clearinghouse (202-260-1023, ppic@epa.gov, PPIC (7409), 
401 M St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20460.)  

Margaret Nover
pdxp2@hevanet.com