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Minnesota Cleaners Association
Volume X, No. II • Summer 2006

Partner with your customers to make 2006 Blanket Drive another big success
During the warm summer, most blankets are folded up and stored in linen closets in Minnesota homes. But soon enough, people will get ready for cooler nights ahead and bring their blankets to you for expert cleaning. That’s a great time to invite your customers to join you in the Minnesota Cleaners Association’s fourth annual Blanket Drive. The blanket drive benefits those in need at Sharing and Caring Hands assistance center for inner-city poor in Minneapolis. Here are details: Who: Customers and dry cleaners working together to provide warm blankets to the homeless. When: Donations will be accepted Sept. 1 - Oct. 31. Where: All participating MCA member dry cleaner businesses. The MCA will post a list of participating business on its Web site by Sept. 1. How: Customers can drop off new or gently used blankets, which the dry cleaner will professionally clean. The MCA will make arrangements to deliver the blankets to Sharing and Caring Hands. Why: Because it’s an easy way to make a big difference in the lives of people who need warmth and shelter. Be sure your business is listed as a Blanket Drive participant. For more information, contact the MCA today at 952-426-1670. The MCA will begin publicizing the drive via the media in August.

Our most popular event last year!

Sponsored by the MCA Allied Trades Members Bring your employees & families! Everyone is welcome! Best Ball Golf Tournament – Great Golfers, Good Golfers, Bad Golfers, All Golfers! Paddle Boat Excursion, Dinner, Live Music & Prizes! Tartan Park Golf Course (3M’s private course) 11455 - 20th ST, Lake Elmo 651-733-3480

In This Issue
Allied Trades Golf & Boat Outing MCA Events Calendar MCA Legislative Summary Blanket Drive Annouced MCA Members Directory E.P.A. Perc Fact Sheet MCA Convention Photo Gallery

St. Croix Boat & Packet Company 651-430-1236 See registration form on page 7.

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From The President...
Our Association is still learning and growing with our new board members and Executive Director, Amber Bullock, but we feel that the direction we are taking is the right one, ”CHANGE”. The annual meeting was not up to our expectations, again. We will be changing the format and we are adding more seminars to help you throughout the year. Please look at the agenda; we think it’s a good one. If you have any suggestions or needs, please forward them to Amber and she will pursue them with the board. Also the other board members and I are happy to discuss any issues you may have. Our names and contact information are listed in this issue of SpotLIGHT. I hope the year is starting out well for all of you. To help in your judgement so far, I have gotten feedback that January of 2006 was a gangbuster month, February, so-so, March was horrible, and April was back to normal. We have signed the agreement with IFI for another year and are still in discussion mode as to the disagreement we had with it. Sincerely,




Don’s Specialty Cleaning
A division of Don’s Leather Cleaning Inc. Minneapolis

Don Klasen President East Metro Clean & Press 1183 Genevea Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128 651-738-6504 • Don Chapman Past President The Elite Cleaners 3101 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-721-3141 • Kitt Sanders Tresurer Start Bright Cleaners 14406 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345 952-944-1232 • Dan Parker Vice President White Way Cleaners 678 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105-3402 651-291-1107 • Amber Bullock Executive Director MCA Office 205 Heritage Circle North, Burnsville, MN 55337 952-426-1670 •

For allowing us to service your outsource needs these past 34 years.
We are dedicated to Quality, Service and Client Care Specialty cleaning of:
Leather, suede and fur. Wedding gowns, boxing and preservation with a lifetime warranty Sequined, beaded and fancy apparel Feather pillow and beds, cushions of all kinds Stuffed animals, hats, area rugs Sports Gear cleaning and sanitizing All Repairs and alterations.

Quality and Value - your customers deserve. Service - your area has come to expect. 612-721-4881 800-275-1688 888-HIDE-CARE 888-GOWN-CARE
Weekly route service and UPS/Parcelpost We use Hydro Carbon, CO2 and H2O Our work is 100% guaranteed No general releases required or needed

Dart Poach Director/Legislative Chair Don’s Leather Cleaning, Inc. 3713 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-721-4881 • Dave Colehour Director/Industry Fund Chair Best Cleaners 6205 Dell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 612-701-9482 • Debbie Allen Gopher Cleaners 811 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414 612-623-7741 • Director

Dan Klasen MCA, President 2006-2007

From The Executive Director...
Thank you to everyone that came out to the annual convention in March. The event was sparsely attended, but those who were there received some valuable information from the feedback that I received. The upcoming year should prove to be educational, fun and full of change. I hope you will take some time to look through this issue of spotlight and find an event or two in the months ahead that you and or your employee’s can attend. I also would enjoy hearing from our members. Please contact me regarding any issues you would like to see covered in SpotLIGHT, events or programs you would like MCA to sponsor or general comments regarding the association. We are here for you. Sincerely,
Amber Bullock MCA, Executive Director

Joleen Bourdaughs Director Shorty's Cleaners and Launderers 121 E Chestnut Street, Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2250 • Mina Shah Director 9834 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420 952-881-0786 • Dave Kigin Director RK Cleaning Corp. 680 W 92nd St., Bloomington, MN 55420 952-844-9810 •

SpotLIGHT Newsletter Team
Amber Bullock Buy Your Time Editor 952-426-1670

Joleen Bourdaughs Editorial Staff Shorty's Cleaners & Laund’rs 651-439-2250 Dan Klasen East Metro Clean & Press Dan Parker White Way Cleaners Curtis Stanley Nightwatchman Productions Editorial Staff 651-738-6504 Editorial Staff 651-291-1107 Design/Layout 612-782-7134

John Sullivan Minnesota Chemical 2285 Hampden, St. Paul, MN 55114 651-646-7521 • Ken Bazille Adco 2513 South Avenue, North St. Paul, MN 55109 612-805-6404 •

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For sponsoring our two big speakers this weekend

For Helping to Sponsor our Sunday Breakfast

For helping to Sponsor our continental breakfast



For being so paitent, helpful and willing to work with a growing association

Who helped to make the Annual Convention and this association a success

Thanks Also Going Out to ALL Who Donated to the Live Auction at the MCA Annual Convention

Dart Poach - Don’s Leather E. Weinberg Supply & Equipment Dan Klasen - Clean & Press Steve Baker - The Minnesota Chemical Company Don Chapman - Elite Cleaners Carrie Aarmstrong - Ecolab

Pat Drown - Covers Etc. Rick Nettum - Leather Rich Joleen Bourdaghs - Shorty Cleaners and Launderers Dan Parker - White Way Cleaners Amber Bullock - Buy Your Time Peter Bedzyk - Timberlodge Steakhouse Inc.

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MCA Happenings
MCA Problem Solver Round Tables
Bring your problems to the table, leave your competitiveness at the door! Join other members of the Association for some brain storming on different areas of interest to the cleaners. Appetizers will be provided by MCA. No need to register, just show up. The Roundtables will be held every other month, the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 - Customer Issues Applebees - Brooklyn Park 7901 Brooklyn Blvd 763.424.2730 Tuesday, November 14 - Employee Issues Applebees - Eden Prairie 8421 Joiner Way 952.942.7993 Tuesday, January 9, 2007 Applebees - Oak Park Heights (near Stillwater) 13625 - 60th Street North 651.439.8116
Committee Members Needed MCA is always looking for members to serve on it's many committees.

Thursday, October 19, 2006 Red Cross CPR Certification & "Spills in the Plant" Jan Parker, Safety & Environmental Compliance Consultants. This seminar will be a two part seminar. You can attend both or just one part of the day. The first half of the day will be a four hour CPR Certification Course offered by a Red Cross Representative. The second, hour long session will be Spills in the plant What to do, Who to train and Who is Qualified. This will be taught by Jan Parker of Safety & Environmental Compliance Consultants. More information will be available shortly! Sunday,December 10th - MCA Family Holiday Party Mark your calendar and plan to attend Bring your families, your employees and their families Kids activities, refreshments and comradery Plan to celebrate a wonderful year with MCA More information will be available soon. MCA Board Meetings MCA hold board meetings monthly at the Outback Steakhouse in Bloomington MN. Board meetings are open to MCA members, we only ask that you advise the office of your attendance so that lunch can be ordered and time can be allotted on the agenda. 2006 meeting dates: 8/10, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14. February 2007 - Date to be determined Maintenance with Brad Dillon

Newsletter • Industry Fund Legislative • By- Laws • Programs If you are interested in helping with a committee, please contact Amber Bullock at 952-426-1670 amber

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1915 - 2005
Celebrating 90 Years of Service to the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Industry
Full Service Supplies and Equipment, Parts and Service On hand to serve you: Mike Baker Larry Alberg Steve Baker John Sullivan and John Sandretto The Minnesota Chemical Company ~ St. Paul, Milwaukee and Waverly ~ 1-800-328-5689 Denny Franson Bob Holmon
COMPANY CITY AAC Enterprises Inc Minneapolis All Clean Dry cleaners Inc Monticello Americlean N Mankato Anderson Cleaners Brainerd Anderson Cleaners St Paul Anderson’s Formal Wear Rochester AVH Inc DBA Oxboro Clnr & Lndy Bloomington BBB of MN and N Dakota St Paul Best Cleaners Chanhassen Best Cleaners Eden Prairie Best Cleaners & Laundromat St Louis Park Best Cleaning & Restoration Svc Minneapolis Buffalo Dry Cleaners Buffalo Cambridge Laundry & Cleaners Cambridge Career Cleaners Inc Plymouth Carrows Marshall Cleaners Marshall Chappy Enterprises, LLC Blaine Clean N Press Brooklyn Park Clean N Press Minneapolis Clean N Press Oakdale Oakdale Cleaners One Anoka Cloquet Cleaners Cloquet Clothing Care Ctr DBA Russ & G Albert Lea Clothing Diversified Inc Waite Park Clover Cleaners Bloomington Coburns’s DBA Tops Cleaners St Cloud Coit Drapery Bloomington Colonial Cleaners Minneapolis Crystal Gold Eagle Inc Crystal Dee Independent Duluth Disons Cleaners Rochester Dons Leather Cleaners Inc Minneapolis Dry Cleaning Station Chanhassen Dufours Cleaners Northfield Edina Cleaners Edina Elite Cleaners Minneapolis Elwood Star Cleaners Inc Owatonna GALA Cleaners/Martinzing Dry Cle Shakopee Gopher Cleaners Minneapolis Hockerts Inc Wadena COMPANY Hour Glass Cleaners Hour Glass Cleaners Hour Glass Cleaners Humboldt Square Cleaners J&A Cleaners Leafs Cleaners Meyer Cleaners Mr T S Cleaners Natures Best Cleaners New Dress Club Clnrs of Bemidj Northway Cleaners Nu-Life Drycleaners Nyberg Cleaners Inc dba Plaza One Hour Cleaners Inc Pennhurst Clea BWS Pilgrim J D Fingerman Ent Inc Pilgrim Drycleaners Inc Plaza Cleaners Prestige Cleaning Center RK Cleaning Corp Roseville Gold Eagle Roxy Dry Cleaners Schwegmans Cleaners Service Cleaners Shorty Cleaners & Launderer Skyline Cleaners Inc St Croix Cleaners Start Bright Cleaners StartBright Cleaners Stoltz Cleaners Inc Thomas Lake Cleaners & Sh Top Cleaners DBA Bloomington C Viking Village Cleaners Village Cleaners Wayzata Home Laundry Wayzata Pennhurst Cleaners White Way Cleaners Woodbury Cleaners Woodbury Cleaners Woodbury Cleaners CITY Chanhassen Excelsior St Cloud Minneapolis Mendots Heights Winona Brainerd Coon Rapids Rochester Bemidji Hopkins Forest Lake Maple Grove Excelsior Minnetonka Richfield Brooklyn Park Fridley Minneapolis Bloomington Roseville St Paul Willmar Detroit Lakes Stillwater Willernie Maplewood Maple Grove Minnetonka St Paul Eagan Bloomington Minneapolis St Louis Park Wayzata Wayzata St Paul St Paul Woodbury Woodbury

Upper Midwest Supplier For The Professional Laundry & Drycleaner
E. Weinberg Supply & Equipment would like to thank all of our loyal dry cleaning and laundry customers. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and value your business.
E. Weinberg Supply has served Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin laundries and dry cleaners since 1938 with quality equipment, chemicals, parts and supplies. You’ll find famous names Huebsch, Ecolab, Wascomat. Washex, Diversey-Lever, Union, Llaidlaw, Streets, Wilson, FH Bonn, Liberty Pittsburgh and more...Hangers, steamers, lint rollers, conveyors, irons, ironers, perc, and detergents are some of the thousands of items we carry.

Thank You!

Service to The Fabric Care Industry Since 1938

Call 952-920-0888 or 1-800-279-0888

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Please welcome our new Directors and Allied Trade Representatives for 2005-2006
• Dave Kigin - RK Cleaning Corp • Mina Shah • Ken Bazille - Adco Inc. And Returning Directors... • Don Chapman - The Elite Cleaner's • Joleen Bourdaughs - Shorty's Cleaners and Launderers • Dan Klasen - East Metro Clean & Press • Dart Poach - Don's Leather Cleaning, Inc. • John Sullivan - Minnesota Chemical Co. • Kitt Sanders - Start Bright Cleaners • Debbie Allen - Gopher Cleaners • Dan Parker - White Way Cleaners

2006 Legislative Session Summary
Unlike the 2005 session which was filed with acrimony, this session was relatively cooperative and ended on time with no special session. This year may end up being best known in the future as the “stadium session;” after years of debate, two stadium bills passed, one for the Twins and the other for the U of M Gophers. The second year of the biennium is traditional known as the “bonding year;” the Governor signed a $999.9 million public works bill into law that will fund projects from local bridges and completion of the Northstar Commuter rail to University of Minnesota buildings. Total Bills 1661 bills introduced - 283 bills sent to the Governor for his signature. Last year over 2,000 bills were introduced and 169 were sent to the Governor. MCA Initiative Passes! % MCA Board of Directors led an effort to clarify and strengthen the Dry Cleaner Cleanup Law this year. There was a “loophole” in the language of current law that was tightened up regarding eligibility of a facility for reimbursement. This legislative fix is intended to insure the integrity of the Dry Cleaner account. In addition to working on the legislation, the Board also negotiated with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on a clarification to the Dry Cleaner Account to insure its financial integrity. % As you may recall, last year your association worked on two initiatives that became law: (1) re-inserted the fee language into law which protected the integrity of the remediation fund; and (2) changed tax law so that the owner/operator not be considered more than one employee if working over 40 hours a week. Miscellaneous: % Carbon Monoxide detectors will be required August 1, 2008 for existing homes % Identity theft protection allows you to place a freeze on your credit report, to require prevent information from being shared without your consent; allows you monthly monitoring of your report, institutions must disclose to consumers if there is a breach in security if passwords, PIN numbers, access codes, etc. were released % Restriction of government use of eminent domain (good summary available at: % Tax relief for married couple and middle income taxpayers % Only one constitutional amendment will be on the ballot this fall – transportation funding 2006 Election Preview Rep. Matt Entenza stepped down from his leadership post after being endorsed by his party in the race for Attorney General and Rep. Margaret Kelliher has been elected to take over the leadership position by his caucus. She is a Minneapolis lawmaker with a rural background, as she grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota. Editor’s note: Entenza has since dropped out of the Attorney General’s race. This will be an interesting election season, with the Minnesota Senate and House up for election together with the State Constitutional officers, Congressional seats and one of the US Senate seats. With close majorities in the both the House and Senate there is a chance for change in majorities in both houses. Legislative Retirements 8 State Senators announced that they will not seek re-election; 29 State Representatives announced that they will not seek re-election. There will be a lot of new faces at the Capitol next year!

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There are many reasons to go into business: independence, financial security, the pursuit of a dream. Now that you have built your business, have you given much thought about how you are going to get out? Exit Planning is a customized process of setting goals and deciding how best to achieve them. Whether your successor will be a family member, a key employee or an outside buyer, Exit Planning helps you maximize your financial return and minimize your tax liability when you transfer your business.
Exit Planning is based on three fundamental benefits: • It is founded upon the owners’ goals (departure date, security they require for financial independence, choice of successor owner). • It is an organized way to address the multitude of issues that arise as owners exit their companies, such as: Establishing goals, valuing the company, promoting company value, designing the sale and wealth preservation planning. • It requires the involvement of a team of professional advisors, experienced in Exit Planning; working together to create the Exit Plan that meets the owners’ goals.

Minnesota Cleaners Association
Allied Trades Boat & Golf Outing
Sponsored by the Allied Trades Members of MCA

• Saturday, September 9, 2006 • Bring your employees & families! Everyone is welcome!
Best Ball Golf Tournament – Great Golfers, Good Golfers, Bad Golfers, All Golfers! Paddle Boat Excursion, Dinner, Live Music & Prizes!
Tartan Park Golf Course
11455 - 20th Street Lake Elmo
(3M’s private Course)

St. Croix Boat & Packet Company
“The Avalon” 525 S Main Street Stillwater 651-430-1236


Please note that Golf spots may be limited. Please Register Early! This is a fantastic opportunity to golf a 3M’s private course! 8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:28 a.m. Check in & Pictures Putting Contest Tee Times Begin*

5:00 p.m. Check in and Board Boat 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner Cruise* * Dinner Cruise includes buffet dinner – salads, main course, and deserts. A cash bar is also available.

*Golf includes green fees and cart

Just a few of the highlights...
• MCA would like to thank the Allied Trades members for agreeing to sponsor the event. Do to their ongoing support, the event fees are significantly reduced. The event is open to MCA members and nonmembers, their families and employees.

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This is a great opportunity to socialize with your peers and enjoy the fun of the great outdoors! Dinner cruise fees includes cruise, dinner (includes coffee), tax & gratuity. A cash bar will be available. Door prizes will be distributed on-site, and everyone who attends is eligible to win!

All business owners eventually leave their business. Exit Planning helps the business owner plan to leave their business in style. For more information about Exit Planning, contact MCA Allied Trade member Stefan Liiste, CFP® for an executive briefing, white papers, books and other materials. Stefan can be reached at 651-634-8817 or at
Member NASD/SIPC; Registered Representative, Broker/Dealer, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.; Registered Investment Advisor, Context Financial Group, LLC. Cambridge Investment Research and Context Financial Group are not affiliated. The views expressed here may not be the views of Cambridge Investment Research.

Payment fees policy:
To be considered pre-registered; full payment must accompany your registration form and be postmarked by Monday, September 4, 2006.

Hotel Accomodations in the area - MCA does not guarantee availability or rates:
Best Western Holiday Inn Express & Suites 651-430-1300 651-275-1401 Super 8 Country Inn & Suites 651-430-3990 651-430-2699

See other side for specific details on registration and the registration form. If you have question, please call the MCA office at 952-426-1670 or visit the website at

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MCA Fall Golf & Boat Outing Registration
One person per registration form
Photocopy or print from for additional registrants. Please print. Name:______________________________ Company:__________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip:___________________________________Phone:__________________________________________ Fax:____________________________________ E-mail:_________________________________________________ Golf & Dinner Cruise (per person) Golf Only (per person) Dinner Cruise Only (per person) Total Due: $____________ Golf Pairings: Place me in a foursome Place me with the following participants: _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ Payment Type: Check (made out to MCA) VISA Mastercard Name on Card: _______________________________ Expiration Date:_______________________________ Account Number:_____________________________ Signature:___________________________________ Cancellation policy: With written cancellation notice, received by Monday, September 4, 2006. Cancellations after September 4 are nonrefundable. Cancellations should be faxed to the MCA office at 952-736-2627 or emailed to To be considered pre-registered, form AND payment MUST be received by September 4, 2006. Mail your registration and payment to: MCA • 205 Heritage Circle North • Burnsville, MN 55337 Phone: 952-426-1569 • Fax: 952-736-2627 • $60.00 $40.00 $25.00

RULE REQUIREMENTS • The final rule affects three types of dry cleaners that use perc: large industrial and commercial dry cleaners; smaller “typical” dry cleaners (often found in shopping centers); and smaller dry cleaners located in residential buildings. Large Industrial &Commercial Dry Cleaners • Large industrial and commercial dry cleaners are classified as “major sources,” meaning they emit more than 10 tons of perc a year. The Clean Air Act requires that EPA assess, and if necessary reduce,the potential for health risks from exposure to perc emissions from major source perc dry cleaners. • • There are 12 of these large dry cleaners in the United States. These dry cleaners are covered by EPA’s 1993 air toxics standards, which are known as maximum achievable control technology (MACT)standards. The final rule requires new and existing large industrial and commercial perc dry cleaners to use state-of-the-art equipment to detect perc leaks from the machines, repair the leaks and maintain records.

Small ‘Typical’ Dry Cleaners • Typical dry cleaners are the type of dry cleaner you might see in a shopping center or as a stand-alone building. These dry cleaners are classified as “area sources,” which means they emit less than 10 tons of perc each year. These smaller dry cleaners are regulated by emissions standards known as generally available control technology (GACT)standards, issued in 1993. There are about 27,000 typical dry cleaners in the United States. • The final rule requires existing typical area source dry cleaners to: o Eliminate all machines requiring the movement of wet clothes from one machine to another for drying (called transfer machines). Transfer machines are considered the highest-emitting type of dry cleaning equipment. Approximately 200 of these machines currently are in use. o Use specialized equipment monthly to detect perc leaks, repair such leaks and maintain records. New typical area source dry cleaners: o Are not permitted to install transfer machines. o Must add carbon adsorbers (devices that reduce perc vapors exiting the dry cleaning machine as the machine door is opened) to the closed-loop machines with refrigerated condensers that are required under the 1993 rule. o Must use the same type of specialized equipment as existing typical dry cleaners to monthly detect perc leaks, repair such leaks and maintain records.


Small Dry Cleaners in Apartment Buildings • About 1,300 small “area source” dry cleaners using perc are located on the ground floor of residential buildings. Like typical small dry cleaners, these co-residential cleaners are covered by emissions standards known as generally available control technology (GACT) standards,issued in 1993. • • • Because residences in these co-residential buildings are located very close to these dry cleaners,residents’ exposures and their estimated cancer risks can be much higher than for typical area sources. The final rules will eliminate risks associated with perc emissions from co-residential dry cleaners. The requirements for existing co-residential dry cleaners are: o To eliminate transfer machines and meet the same monitoring, leak detection and repair and recordkeeping requirements as typical small dry cleaners. o To phase-out perc machines as those units wear out. This requirement will eliminate the use of perc by dry cleaners in residential buildings. All existing perc machines must be removed from residential buildings by December 21, 2020. These dry cleaners may replace worn-out perc machines with newer available nonperc technology. In addition, new drycleaning machines in residential buildings are not allowed to use perc. They must use an alternative cleaning method or locate in a non-residential building. o Any new per drycleaning machine in residential buildings that began operating between December 21,2005 and July 13,2006 must install equipment to aggressively control perc emissions (i.e., refrigerated condensers, carbon adsorbers, and vapor barriers). These facilities also must conduct weekly inspections to detect perc leaks, repair such leaks and maintain records. These sources must eliminate perc use within 3 years after publication of this final rule in the Federal Register.


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EPA Strengthens Clean Air Rules for Dry Cleaners
(Washington, D.C. - July 14, 2006) In a significant action to protect public health, EPA is tightening rules for all dry cleaners that use the chemical perchloroethylene (perc), including a phase-out of the chemical in dry cleaners located in residential buildings. "This is an important step in our comprehensive strategy to expand and enhance public health protections in the dry cleaning industry," said Bill Wehrum, EPA's acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. "The phase-out in residential buildings and improved protections are good for public health and good for the environment." While the potential for health effects from most dry cleaners across the country are generally low, EPA found that a small number of dry cleaners located in residential buildings posed a risk that warrants action. For residential buildings, the final rule requires the phase-out of perc machines as they wear out. By 2020, dry cleaning machines in residential buildings are prohibited from using perc; they may continue to operate if they use alternative technologies. In the interim, owners of perc machines will use enhanced technology to detect and repair leaks as they occur. The final rule will also require dry cleaners to use more sophisticated methods to detect and repair perc emissions from large and commercial dry cleaners and small dry cleaners often found in shopping centers. Under the Clean Air Act, perc is one of 187 pollutants EPA regulates as air toxics, also known as hazardous air pollutants. Air toxics are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer and other serious health problems. Since the implementation of EPA's 1993 air toxics standards, dry cleaners have reduced perc emissions by about 15,000 tons a year through increased use of alternative solvents, replacement of older dry-cleaning machines and state and industry programs to improve efficiency and reduce perc use. Nationwide, approximately 28,000 dry cleaners use perc. More information on the rule:

• On July 13,2006,the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)significantly strengthened air toxics requirements for all dry cleaners that use the chemical perchloroethylene (perc). The rule includes a phase-out of perc use at dry cleaners located in residential buildings, along with requirements that will reduce perc emissions at other dry cleaners. EPA based these amendments to its 1993 air toxics standards for perc cleaners on a recent review of advancements in emissions reduction technology for drycleaners. The Agency also considered information on health effects of perc. Perchloroethylene,also known as perc, tetrachloroethyene and tetracholorethylene, is a solvent used in dry cleaning. Approximately 28,000 U.S.dry cleaners use perc, which is the only air toxic emitted from the dry cleaning process. Air toxics, also called hazardous air pollutants,are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health or environ mental effects. Dry cleaners have reduced emissions of perc by 15,000 tons since EPA implemented the 1993 standards. These emissions reductions resulted from increased use of alternative dry cleaning solvents, the replacement of older dry cleaning machines, and state and industry programs to improve machine efficiencies and reduce perc use. The final rule will continue to improve protect public health by reducing perc emissions even further. The final rule is posted at




MCA would like to thank its Allied Trades for their continued support of the association. Please take time to thank them and Patronize their businesses! Adco Inc. Carlson Sales & Services Context Financial Covers Etc. E. Weinberg Supply H&H Marketing Holmes & Assoc. LTD Leather Rich Minnesota Chemical Ridler Plumbing & Heating RBS Lynk EcoLab ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Kenneth Bazille Iris Hunt Stefan Liiste Pat Drown Dave Weinberg Pete Holzer Daniel Schleck Rick Nettum Steve Baker Ron Curme Carrie Armstrong ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ 651-649-2791 651-484-8706 651-634-8817 612-526-3824 952-920-0888 952-212-9695 763-249-2917 800-236-6996 651-646-7521 ext. 202 612-827-4674 612-501-5100 651-773-3975

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Minnesota Cleaners Association Annual Convention 2006

Keynote Speaker Mike Porter addresses the Convention

Comic Hypnotist Norm Knight has John Sandretto & Dan Parker assist in a magic trick

Pete Holzer announces the new MCA blanket drive

Dan Parker, Harlan Kretsch, Dave Colhour

“...3-2-1 and SLEEP!” (Joleen Bordaughs, Dan Klasen, Amber Bullock, Jan Parker & Kit Sanders)

Amber Bullock coordinates the swearing in of the MCA ‘06-’07 board Pat Drown, Dan Klasen, Jon Meijer, Dan Parker, Stefan Liiste

Conventioneers enjoyed a fabulous luncheon from the Medina Entertainment Center

Jan Parker enjoys a “drink” while Amber Bullock catches some ZZzzz’s

New MCA President Dan Klasen addresses the Convention

Kit Sanders, MCA Treasurer receives the MCA “Money Tree”

Jan Parker signals a “touchdown” while Amber Bullock still snoozes

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