Danish dry cleaners "face ban"

Danish environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt is to ban dry cleaning shops from new apartment blocks, Politiken newspaper reported today. The report follows widespread alarm over high levels of the chlorinated solvent perchloroethylene in some apartments (EED 15/01/01). The environmental protection agency (EPA) told the newspaper that the current legal limit of 10 milligrams per cubic metre would be lowered for residential properties. A spokesman for the national dry cleaners' association said: "We can live with it; but the EPA is making the problem out to be much worse than it is." See article.

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