The U.S. House Appropriations Com- mittee is urging EPA to back off its pro- posed ban of trichloroethylene (TCE) as a spot remover in drycleaning. The recommendation came in a report accompanying the appropriations commit- tee’s Department of Interior bill for fiscal year 2018 that sets out next year’s funding for department which includes EPA and several other federal agencies. EPA doesn’t have to comply with the committee’s suggestions but they carry weight because the lawmakers behind them control the agency’s purse. The House bill, approved by the committee on July 19, funds the EPA at $7.5 billion, a reduction of $528 million from the fiscal year 2017 level but still $1.9 billion more than the Trump Administration’s request. The TCE ban was one of the proposals from EPA late last year to ban some uses of certain chemicals. The House committee report said that the rules may not comply with provisions in section 26 of Toxic Substance Control Act regarding risk management activities. “Rather than continuing with those rule- makings, the committee encourages EPA to consider those chemical uses as part of the risk evaluation process for the ten pri- ority compounds recently designated by EPA under TSCA section, which include the chemicals in question,” the committee report stated. The rulemaking grew out of revisions to the Toxic Substance Control Act approved last summer by the U.S. Congress. That legislation required EPA to publish a list of chemicals to evaluate potential risks to hu- man health and the environment. In De- cember, EPA published its list of 10 chem- icals for review, a list that included TCE and perchloroethylene. Both perc and TCE were identified as “probable human carcinogens” by EPA at that time. Publication of the list triggered a statutory deadline for EPA to complete risk evaluations for these chemicals within three years.  If an evaluation determines that a chemical presents an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment, EPA would need to mitigate that risk within two years. So far EPA has published only a “scop- ing document” for perc and action on that chemical could take a few years. But soon after publishing the list of ten chemicals, EPA announced that it wants to ban TCE when used as a degreaser and a spot re- moval agent in drycleaning. That ban could go into effect in sixth months if EPA gives its final approval. Other uses would be considered as part of its full review of TCE and the 10 chem- icals. The majority of TCE is used as an in- termediate for manufacturing refrigerants. Much of the remainder — about 15 percent — is used as a solvent for metals degreas- ing. Only a small portion is used as a spot remover in drycleaning. But in announcing its ban in December, EPA said it identified serious risks to work- ers and consumers associated with TCE uses in a 2014 assessment that concluded that the chemical can cause a range of ad- verse health effects, including cancer, de- velopment and neurotoxicological effects, and toxicity to the liver. In comments to EPA on the proposed ban, the Halogenated Solvents Industry Al- liance said it “is based on a very deficient risk assessment completed before TSCA was revised.” HSIA’s position is similar to that of the House committee. “The better course would be to assess the risks from spot cleaning and aerosol degreasing as part of the required upcoming TCE assessment,” HSIA said. HSIA said that EPA had given no notice that its 2014 assessment would address TCE’s use as spot cleaner in drycleaning, thus there was no participation by drycleaner representatives and no peer re- view of the spot cleaning assessment. Nor was there a Small Business Advocacy Re- view, even though spot cleaning is done by drycleaners who are virtually all small busi- nesses. HSIA also questioned EPA’s claim that the rule would have no significant eco- nomic impact on drycleaners. In proposing the rule, EPA said drycleaners have available a number sub- stitutes that are comparably priced. “In general, substitutes are less toxic than TCE,” EPA said. “Thus, considering similar exposure potentials for substitutes, TCATAreaches for Olympic gold September 2017 Volume 58 Number 12 www.natclo.com Sneak Peek Manifest destiny 6 Jeff Sitz’s emphasis on customer service has earned accolades in the industry and, more important, it’s been good for business. Cherish the good employees, says Frank Kollman, and turn the bad employees into former employees. 32Boilers gone bad 24 38 Can a paperless manifest work for route drivers? James Peuster examines the pros and cons. Bruce Grossman tackles the problem of low boiler pressure by making adjustments with basic hand tools. Sorting them out Making City slicker Members of the industry’s allied trades rubbed elbows with members of the U.S. Olympic team during the Textile Care Allied Trades Association annual conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO, July 26-29. At a reception and dinner on Thursday evening at the Olympic team’s training center, attendees gathered at the country’s main Olympic Training Center, where they mingled with several Olympians currently in training. The group toured the facility and witnessed a judo demonstration by four Olympic athletes. To wrap up the evening, TCATA’s past presidents relayed the Olympic torch to the cauldron where President Gerald Henke applied the flame to set the cauldron ablaze, lighting the night sky. The following morning it was down to business with Jade West, the senior vice president of govern- ment relations for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. Her previous experience as staff director for the U.S. Senate Republican Pol- icy Committee added to her insider knowledge as she reviewed the first six months of the Trump Ad- ministration and the myriad legislative and regula- tory issues in Washington, including a discussion of the “colorful” political climate. She spent a significant amount of time answering many questions from attendees. Next to speak was Krista Clive-Smith, an expert in the fields of branding, organizing and business, With the Olympic flame aglow behind them, TCATA’s past presidents stand shoulder to shoulder for a photo. From left are Bruce Johnson, David Dawson, Alex Atwater, Rick Kelly, Bryan Dunivan, Steve Math- ews and current president Gerald Henke. National Clothesline Continued on page 8 House committee urges EPAto go slow on TCE Continued on page 18