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Garment & Textile Care Technical Studies

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Working with the industry, EPA published the Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment for Professional Fabricare Processes (CTSA) in September 1998, a technical report that presents relative cost, risk, and performance information on existing and new cleaning technologies and substitute solvents. The goal of the CTSA is to create a comparative assessment of clothes cleaning technologies to provide drycleaners with information they can use to make informed technology choices that incorporate environmental concerns along with the usual parameters of cost and performance. The CTSA is part of an effort to assist cleaners that might have limited time or resources to collect the information themselves. To further promote cost-effective, environmentally sound choices, EPA has produced informational documents for industry and the general public, including a "plain English" summary version of the CTSA.

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