RT ECP: Dry Cleaners

June 8, 2021

Former Dry Cleaner in a Shopping Center

Source: SiriusPoint Environmental A bank was looking to provide financing for the acquisition of a multi-tenant commercial shopping center in Chicago. The issue holding up the negotiations was their concern with potential environmental impacts from an on-site dry cleaner that had operated for decades prior to vacating the site in the late 1990’s. A limited […]

March 26, 2020

Who Pays When Remediation Goes Wrong? A Federal Court’s Evaluation of Contractor Liability

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) has been a prodigious generator of litigation for decades. First, the government sought to compel potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to clean up contaminated sites. Then, those PRPs who were found liable or who settled with the government sought contribution from other PRPs. Now, even after these […]

January 17, 2020

Pollution exclusion means no coverage for this dry cleaner defendant

Source:, January 16, 2020 By: Greg Meckbach A British Columbia court ruling in favour of Intact Insurance Company and Economical Mutual Insurance Company is now final. A Vancouver-based dry cleaners that wanted to make a pollution-related claim with the two insurers, under commercial general liability policies, cannot appeal the coverage dispute to the Supreme […]

November 11, 2019

Dry cleaning carcinogen detected in 14 homes in Burlington

Source:, November 4, 2019 By: Elizabeth Gribkoff State environmental officials are looking to remediate contamination from a dry cleaning chemical found in elevated levels in 14 Burlington homes before winter. At a joint fiscal committee meeting on Monday, lawmakers approved a request from the Department of Environmental Conservation to spend up to $150,000 from […]

November 11, 2019

Cleanup Underway at Former Cleaners Site Spreading Contaminant

Source:, November 8, 2019 By: Michael Olohan/span> A two-story office building built on the site of a former dry cleaner at 137 Broadway was knocked down recently as the first step in a long-term site remediation plan put into motion by the State Department of Environmental Protection. “It’s PCE (perchlorethylene) contamination in shallow ground […]

April 23, 2019

Pollution cleanups planned for two dry cleaning sites

Source:, April 19, 2019 By: Brian Nearing Toxic chemicals will be dug out of two vacant former dry cleaners sites in Schenectady and Watervliet, under plans announced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The property around the former Admiral Cleaners, 617 19th St., Watervliet, and the former Kenwood Cleaners, 445 Duane Ave., Schenectady, […]

February 27, 2018

Shelburne business stuck with cleaning PCE contamination Cleaning up a 20 year PCE Contamination

Source:, February 27, 2018 By: Taylor Young A Shelburne business owner is warning others after he says he unknowingly purchased property contaminated with PCE. “It’s just been challenging,” said Sean Ryan, the owner of Elegant Floors. From 1996 to 2000, a dry cleaning business occupied his building. Ryan has a black plastic bag taped […]

January 15, 2018

Modesto said chemical companies knew the groundwater was poisoned, so the city sued

Source: Modesto Bee (CA), January 14, 2018 Posted on: In a ruling with implications for cities across the United States, appellate justices this week rejected Modesto’s request to reinstate a $75 million judgment against a producer of toxic dry cleaning chemicals. However, the ruling also paves the way for a new trial under conditions […]

August 30, 2017

Lead-Based Paint Is a “Pollutant” within CGL Pollution Exclusion

Source:, August 2017 By: Kent Holland Where lead-based paint was ingested by a tenant’s child, the tenant sued her landlord for injuries allegedly sustained by the child. The landlord tendered the claim to its commercial general liability (CGL) insurer who, instead of defending the case, filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a determination that […]

February 12, 2016

Rapid cleanup sought for Marinwood’s former dry cleaner site

Source:, February 11, 2016 By: Stephanie Weldy Marinwood community members gathered this week to call for a faster, more aggressive approach to cleaning up contaminants from a former dry cleaner at Marinwood Plaza. Some want more teeth in the cleanup proposal headed to regulators; many just want cleanup to get underway as soon as […]

February 12, 2016

NYDEC to air remedy plan for cleaners site

Source:, February 12, 2016 By: Lauren R. Harrison The New York Department of Environmental Conservation plans to hold a public meeting in Commack to discuss a dry cleaners listed as a “significant threat” to public health or the environment in the state registry of inactive hazardous waste sites. State DEC officials plan to hold […]

September 18, 2015

Cleanup continues at old dry cleaner

Source:, September 18, 2015 By: Nora G. Hertel It doesn’t look like much is happening on the contaminated site of an old dry cleaner on Wausau’s Second Avenue. But machines have been working for the past year to clear lingering chemicals there, and neighbors will clear some overgrown foliage on the plot this weekend. The city’s Community Development Authority […]


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