Tuesday, August 20, 2013

EPA plans $19m cleanup of old dry cleaning site in NJ

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater at the White Swan Cleaners/Sun Cleaners Superfund site in Wall Township, Manasquan Borough and Sea Girt, New Jersey.

Previous dry cleaning operations in Wall Township caused the contamination of the soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds, including perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE), the EPA said in a news release.

"Exposure to these chemicals can have serious health impacts, including liver damage and increased risk of cancer. The plan proposed will require the excavation and treatment of contaminated soil and the treatment of some groundwater."

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A public meeting on the proposed plan will be held at 7 p.m. on August 27
at the Wall Township Municipal Center, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall, NJ. Public comments will be received until September 20.

“Thirty years of operation by local dry cleaning companies have left a toxic contamination that will cost $19 million to address,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “This is an astonishing toxic legacy that the EPA is addressing."      

Read more information about the site and the cleanup plan here

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