Californian authorities want ban on cleaning fluid to reduce smogBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.990/d (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:990
- Deborah Josefson
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 …