The Environmental Protection Agency was correct to classify a dry-cleaning solvent as “likely to be a human carcinogen,” according to a review by the independent National Research Council. The report by the Council says the solvent — tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene or PERC — contaminates the air, groundwater, surface water and soil. It can damage the nervous and reproductive systems, liver and kidneys. Folks are mostly exposed to PERC by breathing it in the air, but also can be exposed to it through the skin. The EPA aims to estimate the chemical’s health effects and to establish standards for clean air and water. That’s a good thing!
Source: USA Today
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