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Perchloroethylene called a carcinogen in the city

The World Day against cancer (4 February) gave HEAL members, Reseau Environnement Santé (RES) and Générations Futures (GF) the opportunity to draw attention to how perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent used in dry cleaning. The solvent, which has been banned in other countries due to its links to causing cancer, is still being used in Europe.

Together they recently held a press conference (February 16) stating: “It is unacceptable that such a substance continues to be used even when alternatives exist.” They also called on the French government to rapidly ban the use of perchloroethylene in any new dry cleaners instead of simply allowing its controlled use.

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Last updated on 7 March 2012

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