RT ECP: Dry Cleaners

April 17, 2024

Years after a chemical contaminated Paden City’s water supply, residents are still sick and suffering

Source: https://www.register-herald.com/, April 17, 2024 By: Erin Beck Robin Fox remembers the first sign that something was wrong with her husband Mark. “That was three years before we knew about the water,” she said. First, he began slurring his speech. Though Mark was once the picture of health, his muscle function rapidly deteriorated until he […]

February 27, 2024

Groundwater Contamination Found At Redeveloped Thruway Plaza In Nanuet Prompts Brownfield Cleanup

Source: https://rcbizjournal.com/, February 26, 2024 Thruway Plaza at 308-330 Route 59 in Nanuet has applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Brownfield Cleanup Program to remediate chlorinated solvents and petroleum products in the groundwater at the site. The likely source of the groundwater pollution was a dry-cleaning facility that operated at the […]

January 3, 2024

Hazardous chemicals found in soil near site of former Richmond dry cleaning business

Source: https://localnewsmatters.org/, December 24, 2023 By: Joshua Picazo A high concentration of harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer were found near the site of a former dry cleaning business in Richmond, a local health agency said Thursday. Contra Costa Health, which alerts the public to safety hazards, said the California Department of Toxic […]

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 […]


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