Journalist Barbara Moran has broken ground on environmental health hazards that even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has overlooked in the past: Industrial Laundries.
Some excerpts the piece in the Hartford Courant today:
"Laundering shop and print towels, which are cloths used to wipe oil, solvent and other chemicals off machinery, can fuel the release of VOCs above federal limits. The use and processing of shop towels is largely under-regulated, despite its potential to emit toxic substances into the air."
"The state and federal investigations have also exposed a potentially bigger problem: the spotty oversight of chemical-laden shop towels as they travel from factory floor to washing machine. The EPA and the laundry industry disagree on who bears liability for VOC emissions along this supply chain, with the EPA targeting laundries and the laundries pointing at customers."
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