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EPA Approves California Ban on Dry Cleaning Solvent
The Heartland Institute ^ | April 11, 2011 | Alyssa Carducci

Posted on 04/13/2011 12:03:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

California dry cleaners will have to find alternative chemicals to remove sweat and grit from garments and other dry-clean items, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state’s proposal to ban the use of the perchloroethylene (PERC), a liquid solvent commonly used in the dry cleaning industry. EPA’s decision means California will have more stringent restrictions than those laid down by the EPA nationwide.

PERC has been on the chopping block in California since 2007 when the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the Airborne Toxic Control Measure that will gradually phase out the use of PERC by Jan 1, 2023.

No Human Health Impacts PERC is identified as a hazardous air pollutant by EPA and the California Air Resource Board (ARB). The dose, however, makes the poison, and EPA data have not supported bans on the useful cleaning solvent.

American Council on Science and Health president and founder Elizabeth Whelan says there is no evidence PERC is harming human health.

“There’s no evidence whatsoever that PERC has ever hurt anyone. Yet it’s on the environmentalist’s list of targets,” Whelan said.

Phased-In Restrictions EPA’s approval of the California ARB regulation applies throughout the state except for incorporated cities within four counties regulated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The AQMD has a PERC ban of its own in the works.

The ARB restrictions also address manufacturers and distributors of PERC. Manufacturers that sell PERC for dry cleaning use in California must keep monthly sales records and report to California ARB their distributors' contact information and any subsequent changes to that information.

Unnecessary Economic Harm “California is in its own little world,” said Whelan. “They’re paying dearly for this in terms of their economy failing. There are people leaving the state to work in Arizona, where they can escape these ridiculous rules.

“Part of the problem is not only the extreme environmentalists but also scientists in California who know better but who are not banging on the doors of the legislators and saying, ‘Let me tell you the scientific truth about this.’ They’re just mute,” Whelan observed.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: ban; drycleaning; environmentalism; greens; nannystate; solvent
Reckless environ-MENTAL-ism...
1 posted on 04/13/2011 12:03:42 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Now California is gonna smell like a third world country.


2 posted on 04/13/2011 12:06:37 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; paltz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

Nanny State PING!


3 posted on 04/13/2011 12:06:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Going French, are they?


4 posted on 04/13/2011 12:07:34 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

California has dry cleaners? Who knew?

5 posted on 04/13/2011 12:08:10 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Grew up in the dry cleaning business.

There have been solid alternatives to Perc for 30 years.

Banning it though, doesn’t make much sense. Perc is expensive, most dry cleaners have extensive systems to recover and recycle the perc form each load of clothing. Very little actually makes it into the atmosphere.


6 posted on 04/13/2011 12:08:28 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

At least this is the feds agreeing with a decision made by the state and not the feds making demands of the state.


7 posted on 04/13/2011 12:10:53 PM PDT by Little Pharma
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To: Brookhaven

BTW, perc is made from chlorine, and is no more “evironmentally dangerous” than the chlorox bleach you buy at the supermarket.


8 posted on 04/13/2011 12:11:02 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
One of the 3 most common alternatives for PERC in drycleaning is.... get ready for it....Carbon Dioxide. hahahahaha.

http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/environmental/200605drycleaning.html
9 posted on 04/13/2011 12:11:32 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

PREC is not widely used in Ca better and cheaper replacements have been found years ago. This is more of a feel good thing for the enviro nuts and it’s worth taking the time to fight.


10 posted on 04/13/2011 12:19:11 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Damn just ban Gasoline as well as it evaporates also.


11 posted on 04/13/2011 12:22:14 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Next in line ... deodorant. Why not soap? Why not toothpaste? I’m sure they all contribute to global warming. CA is about to sink into the abyss and they concentrate on this. May their empty suits fill their noses.


12 posted on 04/13/2011 12:22:54 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That stinks.

Or, at any rate, it WILL stink — a couple of weeks after the ban goes in to effect.


13 posted on 04/13/2011 12:23:51 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: dblshot

...and I heard from a reliable source that Carbon Dioxide is a POLLUTANT, don’t you know!!!


14 posted on 04/13/2011 12:25:20 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; JohnRoss

Let’s see, hmm. A book about Dry Cleaners and the EPA.

I Know I read about it somewhere...


15 posted on 04/13/2011 12:27:02 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber thigns in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: pnh102

It’s all good...illegal aliens don’t need no stinking dry cleaners.


16 posted on 04/13/2011 12:58:21 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: Little Pharma

Maybe they’re agreeing with it to establish precedent for a nationwide ban.


17 posted on 04/13/2011 1:04:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I was just at the grocery store here in TN, and overheard a older woman talking to two college kids (read: 3 liberals), and as I passed, I heard her say in a nasally yankee whine “we had it really good out in California until Schwarzenegger came along and screwed everything up”. It was all I could do to keep my mouth shut. I had to settle for giving her the “you are a friggin idiot” look.


18 posted on 04/13/2011 1:04:12 PM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: jdub

I went out on a date (in 2004) with a woman from California. She said she was embarrassed that Schwarzenegger was elected in the recall vote. Little did she know that, some years later, I would be embarrassed right alongside her.

I remember telling her that I didn’t like Schwarzenegger much at the time. There was an energy bill pending; I told her what my plan for energy was (government does nothing); she probably thought I was mad.

Did I mention that she went on a tour in Cuba?

It was our only date.


19 posted on 04/13/2011 1:10:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: jdub

Hmm.. Sounds like a business opportunity.

Lease an old cruise ship. Staff it with illegals. Have it come into port in LA and SF twice a week. Drop off cleaned clothes. Pick up soiled. Head 12 miles out to sea and do the dry cleaning, folding and ironing there.

No federal regulations. No state regulations. No minimum wage. No OSHA. And the SF and LA population will pay double for the dry cleaning than they do now.


20 posted on 04/13/2011 1:11:19 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Remember one of the funniest Super Bowl commercials for Tide-to-go? Interviewer kept staring at the talking stain on his shirt while applicant talking about his experience?

It is either a diabolical scheme to have people buying new shirts (clothing) all the time, or CA don’t care too much about the appearance of personal hygiene.

I am guessing personal hygiene is low down on their list.


21 posted on 04/13/2011 1:29:51 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Little Pharma
Maybe they’re agreeing with it to establish precedent for a nationwide ban.

My sentiment EXACTLY.

All the nanny state crapola seems to start in Kookiefornia (think smoking bans)

22 posted on 04/13/2011 1:33:42 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This same EPA has plans to raise the safe levels of radiation found in food and liquids. We just can’t die soon enough for them.


23 posted on 04/13/2011 2:47:01 PM PDT by Clovis_Skeptic (The answer to 1984 is 1776!)
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To: dblshot
http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/environmental/200605drycleaning.html ............................. FRegards
24 posted on 04/13/2011 4:24:41 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms .................. FRegards)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

From a state’s rights standpoint, why the heck does the epa need to rubberstamp this?

Only in Amerika.


25 posted on 04/13/2011 4:27:41 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Leave it to CA to get rid of the only thing in the whole damn state that's solvent!
26 posted on 04/13/2011 8:18:16 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 04/13/2011 8:42:03 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Professional Engineer

>From a state’s rights standpoint, why the heck does the epa need to rubberstamp this?<

That was my question as well.


28 posted on 04/14/2011 9:36:22 AM PDT by Califreak (You can't go swimming in a baseball pool)
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