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Californian authorities want ban on cleaning fluid to reduce smog

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:990
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    California's environmental regulators are moving towards a total ban on the common dry cleaning solvent and probable carcinogen perchloroethylene, claiming that it is a major constituent of smog and pollutes both the air and ground water.

    In California, 99% of dry cleaners use the chemical to clean clothes. The South Coast Air Quality Management District wants to impose a total ban on perchloroethylene by 2019. The agency monitors and regulates air quality in southern California, including Greater Los Angeles, infamous for the worst smog …

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