Mpls. dry cleaner going green after neurotoxin release

MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis officials say a dry cleaning business is going green after some of its old equipment released a neurotoxin inside a south side strip mall.

Parkway Plaza's U.S. Cleaners, at 4729 Hiawatha Ave. S., is temporarily closing until that old equipment is replaced with environmentally-friendly machinery.

City inspectors say the neurotoxin is commonly known as "perc" short for perchloroethylene.

It's a toxic chemical and a possible carcinogen used in dry cleaning that can cause kidney damage.

The chemical was detected in neighboring Parkway Plaza strip mall businesses.

U.S. Cleaners is taking advantage of a $30,000 grant for businesses willing to make a green technology upgrade. The new equipment is expected to be installed at U.S. Cleaners by Monday.

Minneapolis officials hope grant money will be used eventually by all of the city's dry cleaning businesses so "perc" will be completely phased out.

There are only nine other dry cleaning businesses in Minneapolis still using "perc."

Here is a list of "perc free" dry cleaners in Minneapolis.

  • U.S. Cleaners (after this weekend)
  • Avestopolis Cleaners
  • Colonial Cleaners
  • Hiawatha Cleaners & Launderers
  • Mulberry's Garment Care
  • Peter Pan Dry Cleaners
  • Prestige Cleaning Center
  • Sew Biz Tailoring
  • Uptown Cleaners
  • White Way Cleaners


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