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  • n. Perchloroethylene, a common solvent


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  • Perchloroethylene, also known as perc, is the solvent used by about 75 percent of the nation's 35,000 dry cleaners, but not for much longer.

    Clean Lab

  • Shaw had used the chemical solvent perchloroethylene, better known as perc, since he started his San Diego dry-cleaning business in 1978.

    Mr. Clean

  • On the streets it's called perc-a-pop, and it's the newest drug to hit Philadelphia.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2004

  • A solvent known as perc short for perchloroethylene that's used in traditional dry cleaning may cause liver and kidney cancers and leukemia, according to an EPA finding backed in early

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Roughly 80% of the nation's 30,000 dry cleaners still employ a cleaning method using the liquid solvent perchloroethylene -- or "perc," according to the New York-based National Cleaners Association.

    Finding an Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaner

  • Laundry services across the state are being told to choose among various alternatives to perchloroethylene, or "perc," a toxic fabric solvent widely used since the 1970s. Latest news

  • The evidence at trial revealed that on August 14, 2001, a 55-gallon drum of tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene or "perc," was accidentally punctured on the property of Martin Warehousing and Storage, a company based at Sand Island.

    Hawaii Reporter

  • When it comes to dry cleaning, nothing else gets stains out like a chemical called perchloroethylene, or "perc," for short. RSS

  • In 2007, the most recent data available from the California Air Resources Board, Lamoure's operated 14 of the 50 dry cleaners still using perchloroethylene, or "perc," in the central


  • Specifically, perchloroethene, which is more known as "perc," has contaminated soil and groundwater at the site.



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  • Short for percolation or percolate, as in a soil "perc test."

    July 9, 2007