Why You Don’t Have To Worry About Your Site Being Re-contaminated and You Can Clean-up Now

Written by Stephen R. Henshaw, P.G., President & CEO, EnviroForensics
As seen in the January 2012 issue of Cleaner & Launderer

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Many dry cleaners have expressed their desire to evaluate the soil and groundwater beneath their businesses for the presence of dry cleaning chemicals, but they are concerned that if they go through a cleanup, the property could be re-contaminated down the road.

Relax, the manner in which dry cleaning is conducted today is far more protective of the environment than it was even 30 years ago.  For one, the machines designed and manufactured today are much safer than those of the past.  Secondly, the safeguards employed today, including the installation of spill containment pans beneath machines and automatic shut-offs are protective of the environment.  Finally, good housekeeping practices and the proper storage and disposal of spent solvent and filters today will greatly minimize the potential for spills and releases to enter the environment. Continue reading “Why You Don’t Have To Worry About Your Site Being Re-contaminated and You Can Clean-up Now”

The Unbalanced Cost of PCE Spills

Written by Jeff Carnahan, L.P.G., Senior Project Manager, EnviroForensics.
As seen in the August 2011 issue of Cleaner & Launderer

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As nearly all dry cleaners have become keenly aware, the use of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in the textiles industry and the management of wastes resulting from its use have become as heavily regulated as nearly any other industrial chemical to date.  In fact, environmental concerns resulting from the current or historical use of PCE are practically as common as those arising from gasoline stations.  As discovered by an increasing number of dry cleaner owners or operators; however, the amount of time and money that is required to investigate and ultimately clean-up sites that have been impacted with PCE can be several times higher than at typical gas station sites.  Additionally, it seems that PCE releases are on every regulator’s radar these days.  This article discusses a few of the complicating factors about PCE releases that make them so unique.  Continue reading “The Unbalanced Cost of PCE Spills”

State Level Environmental Enforcement During Periods of Economic Downturn

Written By Stephen Henshaw, P.G., President and CEO, EnviroForensics
As seen in the July 2010 issue of Cleaner & Launderer.

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The current state of the economy affects so many areas of our lives, but one that isn’t talked about much is how the current hiring freezes imposed by almost every state environmental agency impacts environmental cleanups.  It is safe to say that the state-level regulatory agencies are not hiring new staff to handle environmental cleanups.  While this may initially sound like a good thing in that dry cleaners may feel they have some breathing room from the long arm of the law, I see it a differently.   

In general, the environmental regulations continue to get tougher and the acceptable levels of chemical constituents allowed to remain in soil, vapor and groundwater continue to be lowered.  Because many sites take a long period of time before they are cleaned up to acceptable levels and “closed”, the project managers working for local, state, and federal regulatory agencies continue to get more and more sites that they are responsible for managing.  Their workload continues to increase in volume and the piles of reports and work plans they are to review keep growing. Continue reading “State Level Environmental Enforcement During Periods of Economic Downturn”

Korean Article

환경오염 청소와 보험
85년 이전에 세탁소 보험이 있었으면 청소비용 받아낼 수 있어
오래된 세탁소로, 특히 이전에 펄크를 사용했거나 아직 사용하고 있는 업소는 항상 환경오염과 언제 “청소의 책임”을 져야할찌 모르는 불안 속에 살고 있다. 이는 특히 오래된 세탁소 일 수록 더 심하다고 볼 수 있다.
오염청소에 대한 책임은 당연히 오염시킨 사람이 책임을 지는 것이 마땅하나, 현행법는 그렇지 않다. 오염을 시켰던 시키지 않았던, 오염과 관련된 곳 (세탁소)의 현 주인도 책임을 지도록 규정하고 있다. Continue reading “Korean Article”