Source: http://www.nwitimes.com, October 26, 2015
A dry cleaners in Valparaiso is undergoing a soil and groundwater contamination cleanup without disrupting its business operations.
Mercury Cleaners has been operating at the same site near the Porter County Courthouse at 356 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso since 1950.
Mercury Cleaners was cited by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management after testing discovered perchloroethylene (also known as PERC or PCE) in the soil and groundwater on a nearby property. The item was a previously common dry cleaning solvent that is no longer in use.
PCE or PERC is a volatile organic compounds listed by the federal government as a suspected human carcinogens.
Norman, Linda and Brett Dygert, owners of Mercury Cleaners, received a notice of liability from IDEM requiring them to find and remove the contaminants caused by dry cleaning solution leaching into the ground under their business.
“We were unnerved, to say the least, but we also wanted to solve the problem,” Linda Dygert said in a statement issued by EnviroForensics, the Indianapolis-based environmental engineering firm contracted for the cleanup work. Continue reading