Ever wonder how your neighborhood dry cleaner could end up on the Superfund National Priorities List, the federal list of the most contaminated locations in the country? The most likely culprit is the historic use of trichloroethylene, commonly abbreviated as “TCE”. TCE was frequently used as a dry cleaning solvent until being replaced by tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or “perc”), in the 1950s. However, dry cleaners continue to use TCE for pre-cleaning or “spot cleaning” purposes.
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