Why is New Jersey Considering Phasing Out the Use of Perchloroethylene (PCE) at Dry Cleaners?

February 13, 2009
Darryl Borrelli
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers PCE to be a possible to probable human carcinogen or cancer causing substance. Additionally, this chemical is among a group of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) indicating that the chemical's vapor pressure causes it to become a vapor at standard conditions. Because of this attribute, and its widespread use in the dry cleaning business, PCE is also one of the country's top toxic air pollutants.

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