The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance thanks EPA for not trashing it too badly.
Bloomberg BNA reports:
The Environmental Protection Agency formally concluded Feb. 10 that a widely used dry cleaning solvent is a likely human carcinogen, paving the way for the agency to reconsider drinking water and other standards for the chemical.
The agency released its final assessment of perchloroethylene, or perc (CAS No. 127-18-4). That assessment had not been updated since 1988.
The agency’s decision to classify perc as a likely human carcinogen is consistent with its finding in 2008, when it released a draft assessment of perchloroethylene (32 CRR 641, 6/30/08)
The National Academies also supported that classification in a 2010 report…
The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance Inc., which represents companies that make perchloroethylene and other chlorinated solvents, said it is “pleased that EPA has completed the review and removed some of the uncertainties related to evaluating human health exposures to the solvent, and [we] also appreciate EPA’s reassurance that wearing clothes dry cleaned with perchloroethylene is not a human health concern”…
For More Information
EPA’s assessment of perchloroethylene is available at http://www.epa.gov/iris/toxreviews/0106tr.pdf.
EPA’s summary of that document is available at http://www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0106.htm.