RT ECP: Dry Cleaners

August 11, 2023

Chemical – Dry Cleaner

Source: Distingished Programs A dry cleaner located in a strip mall filed for bankruptcy leaving behind contamination in the soil and groundwater,  which led to an indoor air issue from soil vapor. The cleanup became the responsibility of the property/strip mall  owner. The owner was required by the state regulatory agency to complete the cleanup […]

August 4, 2023

Former Dry Cleaner in a Shopping Center

Source: Distinguished Programs 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 1990s. A […]

August 25, 2022

30 years of pollution: DEP sues Bergen business, saying it failed to clean up discharges

Source: https://www.northjersey.com/, August 24, 2022 By: Scott Fallon Multiple owners of an Elmwood Park dry cleaning business polluted the area around its Grove Street location with a potentially cancer-causing liquid solvent over the course of 30 years and failed to clean it up when ordered to do so, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by […]

May 4, 2022

Soil vapor contamination delays Quito Village development

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/, March 27, 2022 By: Hannah Kanik Soil vapor contaminants found at the Quito Village Shopping Center in Saratoga have delayed the site’s mixed use development project by more than a year, and cost the property owner about $5 million. Owners Sand Hill Property Company discovered chemicals commonly used in dry cleaning in the […]

December 3, 2021

Madison homeowner resists demands to pay for past owner’s property contamination

Source: https://www.wkow.com/, December 2, 2021 By: Tony Galli A Madison homeowner is resisting state demands for additional payments to address his property’s environmental contamination as the result of the practices of a previous owner. “I had no idea there was a problem,” Ken Koeppler says of his knowledge of the property’s condition at the time […]

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: https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/, 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: https://vtdigger.org/, 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: https://thepressgroup.net/, 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: https://www.timesunion.com, 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: http://www.wcax.com, 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 […]


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