Mar lauds agency for supporting nontoxic dry cleaning 

Supervisor Eric Mar introduced a resolution during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that, if approved, would put the board on record in “recognizing the Bay Area Air Quality Management for their support of San Francisco’s efforts to promote environmentally friendly garment-cleaning technologies among local dry cleaners.”

The culprit is perchloroethylene, which is “one of the top ten toxic air contaminants that contribute most to statewide cancer risk” and is “the most commonly used dry cleaning solvent.”

In San Francisco, 54 dry cleaning facilities use the chemical-based cleaning systems but have to switch to something else by July 2010, under a state law.

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