Perchloroethylene (perc) is a solvent widely used in commercial dry cleaning operations, including many large facilities. Perc is known to cause cancer and has been linked to liver damage and neurological problems, among other health effects. Since 1996, CEH has forced major dry cleaning and industrial facilities in California to eliminate thousands of pounds of perc emissions and to warn workers and consumers of the potential hazards of contact with the chemical. For example, in 2005, one of the state’s largest dry cleaning facilities agreed to eliminate perc emissions, as a result of a CEH lawsuit.
- Other Emissions
Since 1996, CEH has forced dozens of polluters to reduce or eliminate their emissions of toxic chemicals into our air. These chemicals cause cancer, birth defects, neurological problems, infertility, and other diseases. Many of the industries using such toxic chemicals are located in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. See examples of some of our successes here.