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Khanna discusses water and ground contamination in Durham caused by chemicals used in dry cleaning establishments. Cleanups are costly and funds for this purpose come from the state Dry Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act. "There could be as many as 1,500 current and former dry cleaners in the state where perc is leaching into the soil, groundwater, and air inside people's homes and businesses."
The Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Program was developed in 1997 by the Superfund Section of the North Carolina Division of Waste Management to clean up sites contaminated with dry-cleaning solvents. The major contaminant at dry cleaning sites is perchloroethylene, a highly volatile hydrocarbon that can damage the central nervous system and liver functions. The Division is developing rules to certify sites that are eligible for cleanup under the program, and assessing the number of active dry-cleaning facilities in the state.
One piece of environmental legislation that failed to win approval in the 1999 session of the General Assembly was a bill aimed at correcting problems with the law establishing North Carolina’s Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Program. The major problem with the legislation is that it essentially sets up circumstances under which all dry-cleaning solvent cleanups would be funded by the State’s Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Fund but provides revenue for the fund that is far short of what will be needed. Legislative changes proposed repealing insurance requirements, but because this solution would divert money from the General Fund, the proposed legislation failed.